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What is the most accurate way of propagation of Earth trajectory relatively to the Sun? I need to calculate the Earth-Sun distance. Is there any library on Python?

I've used before JPL Horizons, however, it's not useful for propagation for 1 Myr.

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    $\begingroup$ This is rather curious. An extremely similar question was asked 16 hours ago at the space exploration sister site, but by someone who appears to be a different user. Both questions ask for propagation of Earth's orbit over the course of a million years, and both mention JPL Horizons. I'm curious: Are the two of you taking the same class, with the instructor assigning this incredibly bad homework problem? $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Sep 19 at 11:31
  • $\begingroup$ You probably need to read the papers referred to on Wikipedia's page on the Stability of the Solar System. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Sep 19 at 19:01
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    $\begingroup$ Are you looking for the orbital period distance or semi-major axis specifically? Earth's distance from the sun varies due to it's eccentric orbit but the semi-major axis is thought to be very consistent with only slight variations due to the sun losing mass over time and a very tiny tidal interaction between Earth and Sun but both of those are very small. Perhaps other factors that are difficult to calculate. We think that planets can migrate and some have significantly, but now, the 8 planets in our solar-system are now very long-term stable. $\endgroup$ – userLTK Sep 19 at 23:03
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The La2010 long-term ephemeris Laskar et al. (2011), which is based on the INPOP numerical ephemeris integrated for 1 Myr, is valid for 250 million years before the present day and a unknown distance into the future. The authors note that due to chaotic motion in the Solar System, the accuracy degrades significantly beyond -50 Myr and likely a similar time into the future. The ephemeris is intended for paleoclimate and similar studies and provides the classical orbital elements which will need to be transformed into an Earth position or an Earth-Sun distance.

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  • $\begingroup$ Would you be so kind to explain, how to use this data to calculate the Earth positions? $\endgroup$ – Tarlan Mammadzada Sep 22 at 21:36

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