Effect of the earth's quadrupole moment on the precession of a gyroscope
It is shown that there is a contribution to the precession of a gyroscope due to the quadrupole moment of the Earth. The magnitude of this additional precession is a maximum for a gyroscope in a satellite in equatorial orbit around the Earth at a moderate altitude, and exceeds the experimental error for observations which cover a span of about one year or greater. © 1969 D. Reidel Publishing Company.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Astrophysics and Space Science
O'Connell, R. (1969). Effect of the earth's quadrupole moment on the precession of a gyroscope. Astrophysics and Space Science, 4 (1), 119-121. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00651266