For each position, the result is a perturbation vector like LS1 or LS2 in the second diagram. Shown here is an often-presented form of the diagram that summarises sizes and directions of the perturbation vectors for many different positions of the Moon in its orbit.
Each small arrow is a perturbation vector like LS, applicable to the Moon in the particular position around the orbit from which the arrow begins. The perturbations on the Moon when it is nearly in line along the Earth-Sun axis, i. Newton gave a rather good quantitative estimate for the size of the solar perturbing force: Newton also showed that the same pattern of perturbation applies, not only to the Moon, in its relation to the Earth as disturbed by the Sun, but also to other particles more generally in their relation to the solid Earth as disturbed by the Sun or by the Moon ; for example different portions of the tidal waters at the Earth's surface.
Nowadays this common pattern itself has become often known as a tidal force whether it is being applied to the disturbances of the motions of the Moon, or of the Earth's tidal waters — or of the motions of any other object that suffers perturbations of analogous pattern. He also took the first steps in investigating how the perturbing force shows its effects by producing irregularities in the lunar motions.
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In this part of the enterprise, Newton's success was more limited: For a selected few of the lunar inequalities, Newton showed in some quantitative detail how they arise from the solar perturbing force. Much of this lunar work of Newton's was done in the s, and the extent and accuracy of his first steps in the gravitational analysis was limited by several factors, including his own choice to develop and present the work in what was, on the whole, a difficult geometrical way, and by the limited accuracy and uncertainty of many astronomical measurements in his time.
Brown in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was to account completely and much more precisely for the moon's motions on the basis of Newton's laws, i. They also wished to put the inverse-square law of gravitation to the test, and for a time in the s it was seriously doubted, on account of what was then thought to be a large discrepancy between the Newton-theoretical and the observed rates in the motion of the lunar apogee.
However Clairaut showed shortly afterwards —50 that at least the major cause of the discrepancy lay not in the lunar theory based on Newton's laws, but in excessive approximations that he and others had relied on to evaluate it.
Most of the improvements in theory after Newton were made in algebraic form: It also remained necessary, for completing the theories of this period, to refer to observational measurements. The lunar theorists used and invented many different mathematical approaches to analyse the gravitational problem.
Not surprisingly, their results tended to converge. From the time of the earliest gravitational analysts among Newton's successors, Euler , Clairaut and d'Alembert , it was recognized that nearly all of the main lunar perturbations could be expressed in terms of just a few angular arguments and coefficients. These can be represented by: From these basic parameters, just four basic differential angular arguments are enough to express, in their different combinations, nearly all of the most significant perturbations of the lunar motions. They are given here with their conventional symbols due to Delaunay ; they are sometimes known as the Delaunay arguments:.
This work culminated into Brown 's lunar theory      and Tables of the Motion of the Moon Several of the largest lunar perturbations in longitude contributions to the difference in its true ecliptic longitude relative to its mean longitude have been named. In terms of the differential arguments, they can be expressed in the following way, with coefficients rounded to the nearest second of arc ": The analysts of the midth century expressed the perturbations of the Moon's position in longitude using about trigonometrical terms.
However, work in the nineteenth and twentieth century led to very different formulations of the theory so these terms are no longer current. The number of terms needed to express the Moon's position with the accuracy sought at the beginning of the twentieth century was over ; and the number of terms needed to emulate the accuracy of modern numerical integrations based on laser-ranging observations is in the tens of thousands: Since the Second World War and especially since the s, lunar theory has been further developed in a somewhat different way.
This has been stimulated in two ways: Wallace John Eckert , a student of Ernest William Brown who worked at IBM, used the experimental digital computers developed there after the Second World War for computation of astronomical ephemerides. One of the projects was to put Brown's lunar theory into the machine and evaluate the expressions directly.
Another project was something entirely new: This became feasible only after electronic digital computers became available. In the meantime, Brown's theory was improved with better constants and the introduction of Ephemeris Time and the removal of some empirical corrections associated with this.
The most significant improvement of position observations of the Moon have been the Lunar Laser Ranging measurements, obtained using Earth-bound lasers and special retro-reflectors placed on the surface of the Moon. The time-of-flight of a pulse of laser light to one of the reflectors and back gives a measure of the Moon's distance at that time. The first of five reflectors that are operational today was taken to the Moon in the Apollo 11 spacecraft in July and placed in a suitable position on the Moon's surface by Neil Armstrong. The lunar theory, as developed numerically to fine precision using these modern measures, is based on a larger range of considerations than the classical theories: Like many other scientific fields this one has now developed so as to be based on the work of large teams and institutions.
An institution notably taking one of the leading parts in these developments has been the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology ; and names particularly associated with the transition, from the early s onwards, from classical lunar theories and ephemerides towards the modern state of the science include those of J Derral Mulholland and J G Williams and for the linked development of solar system planetary ephemerides E Myles Standish.
Using computer-assisted algebra, the analytical developments have been taken further than previously could be done by the classical analysts working manually. Also, some of these new analytical theories like ELP have been fitted to the numerical ephemerides previously developed at JPL as mentioned above.
The main aims of these recent analytical theories, in contrast to the aims of the classical theories of past centuries, have not been to generate improved positional data for current dates; rather, their aims have included the study of further aspects of the motion, such as long-term properties, which may not so easily be apparent from the modern numerical theories themselves.
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