Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

General relativity

Frame-dragging confirmed

According to a prediction of general relativity, the spinning mass of the Earth affects the motion of satellites. A measurement of this ‘frame-dragging’ effect confirms Einstein's theory.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: General relativity and Earth's gravity field.

GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM-POTSDAM NASA

References

  1. Ciufolini, I. & Pavlis, E. C. Nature 431, 958–960 (2004).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Kramer, M. Astrophys. J. 509, 856–860 (1998).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  3. Williams, J. G., Newhall, X. X. & Dickey, J. O. Phys. Rev. D 53, 6730–6739 (1996).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/GRACE/grace2.html

  5. Reigber, C. et al. J. Geodyn. (in the press).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Ashby, N. Frame-dragging confirmed. Nature 431, 918–919 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/431918a

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/431918a

This article is cited by

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing