A new theory of orbital dynamics (Shallow Thoughts)

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Fri, 18 Sep 2009

A new theory of orbital dynamics

[PGE billboard: Solar Power: Making planets orbit and bagels toast] This PG&E billboard just went up down the street from where I live.
"Solar Power: Making planets orbit and bagels toast."

And here all this time I'd been under the impression that orbits had mostly to do with gravity. Somehow I'd missed the influence of light pressure when writing my orbital software.

Or is the sun's gravitational influence considered a part of "solar power"? Can we look forward to the upcoming generation of gravitovoltaic solar cells?

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