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### What did general relativity clarify about Mercury?

I frequently hear that Kepler, using his equations of orbital motion, could predict the orbits of all the planets to a high degree of accuracy -- except Mercury. I've heard that mercury's motion ...
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### How do you calculate the anomalous precession of Mercury?

One of the three classic tests of general relativity is the calculation of the precession of the perihelion of Mercury's orbit. This precession rate had been precisely measured using data collected ...
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### Why don't spinning tops fall over?

One topic which was covered in university, but which I never understood, is how a spinning top "magically" resists the force of gravity. The conservation of energy explanations make sense, but I don't ...
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### What happens to orbits at small radii in general relativity?

I know that (most) elliptic orbits precess due to the math of general relativity, like this: source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-body_problem_in_general_relativity I also know that something is ...
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### Derivation of precession rate of a wheel gyroscope [closed]

I searched on the web and all I could find is the precession rate of a spinning top. But what I want is the derivation of the precession rate of a wheel hanging from a rope, as shown below: which is ...
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### Is Bertrand's Theorem Consistent with GR?

Bertrand's Theorem - Please observe the gif of orbits with different exponents in the denominator. (I couldn't get the image upload feature to work for this) Note, the orbit with a 1.9 exponent ...
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### Direction change of gyroscopic precession with change in moment of inertia

In the classic bicycle wheel gyroscopic precession, using the right hand coordinate system of xyz and right hand rule of rotation, Such as X axis is in the longitudinal direction (spin axis) z axis ...
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### About Mercury perihelion again

Sorry to bother you, but I did not get anywhere answer what exactly moves Mercury periapsis. "Sun gravity" or "GR" or "warp of spacetime" are very broad answers, I want to know how they affect this ...
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### How much force is required to break precession?

Gravity, in this diagram, provides a downward force creating a torque that causes the wheel to precess around the chain. This is cool but counter intuitive, and I am wondering what force is needed to ...
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