geodetic precession


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geodetic precession

[¦jē·ə¦ded·ik prē′sesh·ən]
(relativity)
The precession of a gyroscope in orbit about the earth due to the curvature of space of the Schwarzschild metric.
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Compared to the Newtonian result, the non-singular potential modifies the original equation of the geodetic precession by the term [micro] (1 = [lambda]/[r.
Einstein's theory predicts that such gyroscopes will undergo geodetic precession merely because space-time is curved in the planet's vicinity.
This precession is about the instantaneous direction of the vorticity [omega]r(t)) at the location of the satellite, and so is neither in the plane, as for the geodetic precession, nor perpendicular to the plane of the orbit, as for the earth-rotation induced vorticity effect.