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Titius-Bode Law

  • Daniel RouanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1596-2


The Titius-Bode law is the statement that the semimajor axes of planetary orbits in the solar system follow approximately a geometric progression when going from the innermost to the outermost planets. There is no real physical explanation for this law, which stems from observation only and was first introduced by the German astronomers Johann Daniel Titius and Johann Elert Bode around 1770.

The formula for the semimajor axisa reads: \( a=\left(0.4+0.3\times {2}^n\right) \)


Bioorganic Chemistry Solar System Semimajor Axis Physical Explanation Geometric Progression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LESIAObservatoire Paris-Site de MeudonMeudonFrance