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Euler, L. (1767). De motu rectilineo trium corporum se mutuo attrahentium. Novi Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Petropolitanae, 11, 144-151.

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  • TITLE: Annotated Translations of Three of the Euler’s Papers on Celestial Mechanics

    AUTHORS: Sylvio R. Bistafa

    KEYWORDS: Three-Body Problem, Motion of Celestial Bodies, Astronomical Perturbation, Lunar Motion

    JOURNAL NAME: Advances in Historical Studies, Vol.8 No.5, December 26, 2019

    ABSTRACT: Annotated translations from Latin of three of the Euler’s papers on celestial mechanics are presented, which fall into the category of three-body problems. The first translation deals with an exact solution of three bodies that move around the common center of mass and always line up. This is considered the first work from which the three collinear Lagrange points could be obtained. The second translation deals with motions of Sun, Earth and Moon in syzygy and Moon libration as well, where, for the first time, Euler introduces an archaic form of a Fourier sine series expansion to describe the Moon’s wagging motion. The last translation relates to a paper that was written with the goal of alleviating astronomical computations of the perturbed motion of the Moon around the Earth by the Sun, ending up with eight coupled differential equations for resolving the perturbed motion of this celestial body. Despite showing great analytical skills, Euler gave no indications on how this system of equations could be solved, which renders his efforts practically useless in the determination of the variations of the nodal line and inclination of the Moon’s orbit.