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.
IT'S ALL RELATIVE Although geodetic precession seems huge compared with frame dragging, both effects are minuscule.
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.