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Simulation model for anomalous precession of the perihelion of mercury's orbit


The ‘anomalous perihelion precession’ of Mercury, announced by Le Verrier in 1859, was a highly controversial topic for more than half a century and invoked many alternative theories until 1916, when Einstein presented his theory of general relativity as an alternative theory of gravitation and showed perihelion precession to be one of its potential manifestations. As perihelion precession was a directly derived result of the full General Theory and not just the Equivalence Principle, Einstein viewed it as the most critical test of his theory. This paper presents the computed value of the anomalous perihelion precession of Mercury's orbit using a new relativistic simulation model that employs a simple transformation factor for mass and time, proposed in an earlier paper. This computed value compares well with the prediction of general relativity and is, also, in complete agreement with the observed value within its range of uncertainty. No general relativistic equations have been used for computing the results presented in this paper.

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Biswas, A., Mani, K.R. Simulation model for anomalous precession of the perihelion of mercury's orbit. centr.eur.j.phys. 3, 69–76 (2005).

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  • anomalous perihelion precession
  • relativistic precession
  • Mercury
  • numerical relativity

PACS (2000)

  • 04.25.Dm
  • 04.90.+e
  • 95.10.Ce