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Precise measurement of gravity variations during a total solar eclipse

Phys. Rev. D 62, 041101(R) – Published 14 July 2000
Qian-shen Wang, Xin-she Yang, Chuan-zhen Wu, Hong-gang Guo, Hong-chen Liu, and Chang-chai Hua


The variations of gravity were measured with a high precision LaCoste-Romberg D gravimeter during a total solar eclipse to investigate the effect of a solar eclipse on the gravitational field. The observed anomaly (7.0±2.7)×10-8 m/s2during the eclipse implies that there may be a shielding property of gravitation.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.62.041101

  • Received 29 February 2000
  • Published 14 July 2000

© 2000 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

Qian-shen Wang1, Xin-she Yang2,*, Chuan-zhen Wu1, Hong-gang Guo1, Hong-chen Liu1, and Chang-chai Hua1

  • 1Institute of Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, People’s Republic of China
  • 2Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England

  • *Corresponding author.

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