Gravitation experiments during the total solar eclipse

T. Kuusela*, J. Jäykkä, J. Kiukas, T. Multamäki, M. Ropo, I. Vilja

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The variations of the apparent vertical direction of the gravity field were measured with horizontal gravimeters acting as tilt meters during the total solar eclipse in Turkey in March 29, 2006. Three separated locations within the path of totality were chosen for observations, two spaced apart along the center line, and one off the center line. No anomaly was observed at the furthest location from the center line. Aperiodic oscillations in tilt were recorded at the two locations on the center line. These may be related to the eclipse phenomenon. The average tilt amplitude deviation during the eclipse over all locations and in all directions was 150 nrad, which can be regarded as a mean upper limit for the eclipse related changes in the tilt.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122004
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


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