Chandler wobble

Chan·​dler wobble | \ ˈchan(d)lər- \
variants: or less commonly Chandler's wobble \ -​lərz-​ \

Definition of Chandler wobble

: an elliptical oscillation of the earth's axis of rotation with a period of 14 months whose cause has not been determined

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History and Etymology for Chandler wobble

after Seth Carlo Chandler †1913 American astronomer

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“Chandler wobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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