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Fundamentals of Astrometry

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  • Astrometry encompasses all that is necessary to measure the positions and motions of celestial bodies: observational techniques, instrumentation, processing and analysis of observational data, and reference systems and frames, as well as the resulting astronomical phenomena. It is fundamental to all other fields of astronomy, from the focusing of telescopes to navigation and guidance systems and distance and motion determinations for astrophysics. Starting from basic principles, this work provides the principles of astrometry at milli- and micro-arcsecond accuracies and will be an invaluable reference for graduate students and research astronomers.

    • A complete description of astrometry, the method that underpins modern astronomy
    • Describes observational techniques for determining the positions and motions of celestial bodies
    • Includes astronomical values, acronyms and definitions
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139118293
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. New observational techniques
    3. Basic principles and coordinate systems
    4. Treatment of astronomical data
    5. Principles of relativity
    6. Apparent displacements of celestial objects
    7. Extragalactic reference frame
    8. Dynamical reference frame
    9. Terrestrial coordinate systems
    10. Earth orientation
    11. Stars
    12. Double and multiple star systems
    13. Astronomical phenomena
    14. Application of theory to observations

  • Authors

    Jean Kovalevsky, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur

    P. Kenneth Seidelmann, University of Virginia

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