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Kepler Problem

  1. Aug 21, 2013 #1
    How do you solve the Kepler Problem for a 2-body system where m1<<m2 with a given velocity and position vector resulting in a new velocity and position for a certain time interval?
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  3. Aug 22, 2013 #2


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    The solution is in Landau and Lifshitz Mechanics. Chapter 3.
  4. Aug 22, 2013 #3
    Is there anywhere on the web that it is solved?
  5. Aug 22, 2013 #4
    I think it is also in Chapter 5 or 6 in Fowles and Cassiday.
  6. Aug 23, 2013 #5
    There are many ways of solving Kepler's equation - hundreds of them. Any decent celestial mechanics text should present several. Have you searched around on the web?
    In general, if you're going to do much celestial computing, I recommend the works of Jean Meeus.
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