What Is the Titius Bode Law and When Did Johann Bode Plagiarize Johann Titius’s Work On Orbital Systems?

The Titius–Bode law, also known as Bode’s law, is a hypothesis that the bodies in some orbital systems, including the Solar System, orbit at semi-major axes in an exponential function of planetary sequence.

Johann Bode published Johann Titius’s planetary spacing equation in 1772 8 years after Titius worked it out, as his own.

It was known as Bode’s law until Bode admitted his plagiarism in 1826, when it became known as the Titius-Bode law.

what is the titius bode law and when did johann bode plagiarize johann titiuss work on orbital systems scaled

There is no solid theoretical explanation for the Titius–Bode law.

It is probably a combination of orbital resonance and shortage of degrees of freedom, therefore any stable planetary system has a high probability of satisfying a Titius–Bode-type relationship.

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