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Kozai Mechanism

(Lidov-Kozai Mechanism, Lidov-Kozai Effect)
(an effect on an orbit by another, more distant orbiting body)

The Kozai Mechanism (Lidov-Kozai Mechanism or Lidov-Kozai Effect) is an effect on a body's orbit by another body orbiting further from the primary body causing oscillations in Orbital Inclination and Eccentricity, i.e., a Kozai Oscillation (or LK Oscillation or Kozai Cycle). For example, an artificial satellite orbiting Earth, affected by the Moon. The mechanism is significant for some Asteroids, moons, and Extra-Solar Planets.

The effect was first described by Soviet, Michael Lidov in 1961 and Japanese, Yoshihide Kozai in 1962.

(celestial mechanics,dynamics)

Referenced by:
Laplace Radius (rL)