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Is the physics within the Solar system really understood?

  1. Apr 12, 2006 #1

    Garth

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    Lammerzahl, Preuss & Dittus' paper Is the physics within the Solar system really understood? claims that the following anomalies may indicate new physics, even within solar syatem:
    Are these serious concerns or is "more compelling evidence" required before our basic understanding of gravitational phenomena is seriously reviewed?

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  3. Apr 13, 2006 #2

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    I seriously doubt we can observationally confirm effects like dark matter/energy within the solar system. We can pretty much already rule out any significant fraction of DM [wrt to solar mass] in the vicinity of our solar system. The pioneer anomaly remains interesting. I doubt you can attribute it to equipment malfunctions, but systematic measurement errors appear to still be in play. I would really like to see a mission dedicated to confirming the pioneer effect.
     
  4. Apr 23, 2006 #3
    "Garth"; these are not serious concerns. Our understanding of gravitational phenomena is sound. It does not require review.

    Sweet dreams.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2006 #4

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    I like the way Garth thinks. He asks good questions. And most of them are not terribly inconvenient or expensive to test.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2006 #5

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    Yes Critical_Pedagogy, my dreams are sweet!:smile:

    I am interested, how do you account for the Pioneer or 'Fly-by' Anomalies?

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  7. Apr 24, 2006 #6
    These areas certainly are important and interesting, Garth. I think the Pioneer Anomaly may be conquered by an experiment specifically designed to measure it, with as many systematics as possible constrained.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2009 #7
    To answer the question, simply NO.
    The more we learn the more we become aware of how much we do not know.
    We will not completely understand the physics of our solar system for many generations, there is just too much out there and we have limited capabilities to get there.
     
  9. Aug 9, 2009 #8

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    Three year old thread.....locking.
     
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