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Odd Zonal Harmonics in the Earth's Gravitational Potential, determined from Fourteen Well Distributed Satellite Orbits

Nature volume 212, pages 271272 (15 October 1966) | Download Citation

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THE zonal harmonics in the Earth's gravitational field indicate its variations with latitude, averaged over all longitudes. The odd zonal harmonics, of degree 3, 5, 7, …, specify that part of the gravitational field which is not symmetrical about the equator and gives rise to the “pear-shape” effect.

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  1. Space Department, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.

    • D. G. KING-HELE
    • , G. E. COOK
    •  & DIANA W. SCOTT

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