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Mean orbital elements

  1. Feb 8, 2016 #1
    Good morning,

    I was making some investigation regarding the calculation of mean orbital elements - not osculating.

    Is this done simply by fitting (with the best equation) several osculating elements across time, or is there a mathematical aproach already settled?

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  3. Feb 8, 2016 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Here is a step by step discussion of calculating mean orbital elements http://www.abecedarical.com/zenosamples/zs_planetorbits.html

    IF you want to read a lot more about desktop astronomical calculations, there are a series of books on the subject by Jan Meeus. Many are available used, i.e., not expensive.
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