A Note on the Solar Radiation Perturbations of Lunar Motion

  title={A Note on the Solar Radiation Perturbations of Lunar Motion},
  author={David Vokrouhlick{\'y}},
Abstract Solar-radiation and thermal-force effects acting on the Earth and the Moon are studied in detail. Their essential contribution to the lunar geocentric motion consists of a synodic “in-phase” oscillation with 3.65 ± 0.08 (realistic error) millimeters amplitude. This correction must be taken into account when searching for a hypothesized equivalence principle violation signal in the lunar laser ranging data. 

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