Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6579: Celestial Mechanics

InstructorsJoseph Burns
Credit Hours3
Cross-listed with

MAE 6720

Typically OfferedFall/Spring

Course topics include: description of orbits; 2-body, 3-body, and n-body problems; Hill curves; libration points and their stability; capture problems; osculating orbital elements; perturbation equations; effects of gravitational potentials, atmospheric drag, and solar radiation forces on satellite orbits, and secular perturbations, resonances, mechanics of planetary rings.