Planetary Theories and Observational Data

  • R. L. Duncombe
  • P. K. Seidelmann
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 72)


A brief review is given of planetary theories from Leverrier to Newcomb to the age of computers. The presently used planetary theories are discussed and the process of replacing these theories with new ones is described. Some difficulties in preparing new planetary theories and the observational discrepancies which have been encountered previously are discussed.


Orbital Period Observational Data Secular Variation Outer Planet Planetary Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Duncombe
    • 1
  • P. K. Seidelmann
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TexasUSA
  2. 2.U. S. Naval ObservatoryUSA

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