Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 3–11

Measurement of the angular momentum of Jupiter and the Sun by use of the Lense-Thirring effect

  • M. R. Haas
  • D. K. Ross

DOI: 10.1007/BF00646213

Cite this article as:
Haas, M.R. & Ross, D.K. Astrophys Space Sci (1975) 32: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00646213


We investigate the feasibility of using the Lense-Thirring effect to measure the rotational angular momentum of Jupiter and the Sun. This experiment uses gyroscopes in close Jovian and solar orbits. It is important because it provides direct, unique information. The angular momentum is not derivable from the gravitational moments when non-uniform rotation is present. Analysis shows that this experiment could be done around Jupiter with current technology, but could not be done around the Sun for some years.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Haas
    • 1
  • D. K. Ross
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and Erwin W. Fick ObservatoryIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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