Gravitational Field of a Point Mass Moving with Uniform Linear or Circular Velocity
|Title||Gravitational Field of a Point Mass Moving with Uniform Linear or Circular Velocity|
|Author(s)||Oleg D Jefimenko|
|Keywords||gravitational field, mass, velocity|
Equations for the gravitational field of a point mass moving with constant velocity along a straight line or along a circular orbit are derived from retarded integrals representing Newton's gravitational law generalized to time-dependent mass distributions. It is shown that Newton's inverse square gravitational law is only approximately valid for gravitational fields of moving bodies. It is concluded that the nature of Mercury's "residual" perihelion precession of 43" of arc per century is highly questionable and that this value of residual procession can not be used for proving the validity of the general relativity theory.