Kepler's equation

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Named after Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), German mathematician and astronomer.

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Kepler's equation (uncountable)

  1. (astronomy, celestial mechanics) the mathematical relationship between the mean anomaly (M) and the eccentric anomaly (E) of a planet in an elliptical orbit with eccentricity ( \textstyle \epsilon ).  M = E - \epsilon \cdot \sin(E).

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