A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2020 Oct 3, 01:01 -0700
Those polynomials are created by "fitting" to proper almanac data that has been computed from the laws of physics (meaning, almost entirely, just Isaac Newton's good-ole inverse-square law of gravitation)
Thanks. I understand newtonian mechanics and am relieved that this gentleman's theories still appliy to motions of the moon!!! The polynomials made it seem that there was a brand new super-complicated theory of planetry motion.
In this era of the JPL numerical integrations and the internet are the polynomials of historic inetrest only?