Secular increase of astronomical unit from analysis of the major planet motions, and its interpretation

  title={Secular increase of astronomical unit from analysis of the major planet motions, and its interpretation},
  author={George A. Krasinsky and Victor Brumberg},
  journal={Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy},
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