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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Einstein's theory predicts that such gyroscopes will undergo geodetic precession merely because space-time is curved in the planet's vicinity.
IT'S ALL RELATIVE Although geodetic precession seems huge compared with frame dragging, both effects are minuscule.
Such a precession is predicted by the Einstein theory of gravity, General Relativity (GR), with two components (i) a geodetic precession, and (ii) a "frame-dragging" precession known as the Lense-Thirring effect.