A brief history of the solar oblateness. A review

C. Damiani, J. P. Rozelot, S. Lefebvre, A. Kilcik, A. G. Kosovichev

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We hereby present a review on solar oblateness measurements. By emphasizing historical data, we illustrate how the discordance between experimental results can lead to substantial improvements in the building of new technical apparatus as well as to the emergence of new ideas to develop new theories. We stress out the need to get accurate data from space to enhance our knowledge of the solar core in order to develop more precise ephemerids and ultimately build possible new gravitational theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-250
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Relativistic astrophysics
  • Solar activity
  • Solar interior
  • Solar physics
  • Sun: characteristic and properties


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