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Kepler's Third Law Statement of Kepler's Third Law From observations collected over many centuries, and especially data compiled by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, Kepler deduced a relationship between the orbital period and the radius of the orbit. Precisely: the square of the period of an orbit is proportional to the cube of the semimajor axis length $a$. Although Kepler never expressed the equation in this way, we can write down the constant of proportionality explicitly. In this form, Kepler's Third Law becomes the equation: \begin{equation} T^2 = \frac{4\pi^2 a^3}{GM} \end{equation} where $G$ is the Gravitational Constant that we shall encounter in Newton's Law, and $M$ is the mass about which the planet is
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Unformatted text preview: rotating (usually the sun for our purposes). This relationship is extremely general and can be used to calculate rotational periods of binary star systems or the orbital periods of space shuttles around the earth. A problem involving Kepler's Third Law The orbit of Venus around the sun is roughly circular, with a period of 0.615 years. Suppose a large asteroid crashed into Venus, instantaneously decelerating its motion, such that it was thrown into an elliptical orbit with aphelion length equal to the radius of the old orbit, and with a smaller perihelion length equal to $98 \times 10^6$ kilometers. What is the period of this new orbit?...
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