Spherical Astronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123957023, 9780323149129

Spherical Astronomy

1st Edition

Authors: Edgar Woolard
eBook ISBN: 9780323149129
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1966
Page Count: 470
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Description

Spherical Astronomy provides a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles of positional astronomy.

The text focuses on the principles of spherical astronomy and the theory of fundamental astronomical observations. Discussions are made on topics such as the celestial sphere and the nature of the reference systems of astronomy; the geometric aspects of the celestial sphere in relation to geographic position; systems of time measurement based on the rotation of the earth; and the inertial reference system.

Astronomers and astrophysicists will find the book highly insightful.

Table of Contents


Preface


The Astronomy of Position


Chapter 1 The Celestial Sphere and the Nature of the Reference Systems of Astronomy


Chapter 2 Celestial Coordinate Systems


The Local Horizon Coordinate System


The Coordinate Systems on the Rotating Celestial Sphere


Relative Coordinates


Coordinate Systems in Space


Chapter 3 The Geometric Aspects of the Celestial Sphere in Relation to Geographic Position


Geographic Coordinate Systems


Geocentric Coordinates


The Aspects of the Circles of the Sphere


Representation of the Positions of Celestial Bodies


Chapter 4 Parallax


Geocentric Parallax


Annual Parallax


Chapter 5 Astronomical Refraction


Approximate Refraction


Theories of Astronomical Refraction


Refraction Corrections to Astronomical Observations


Chapter 6 Aberration


The Aberration of Light


Stellar Aberration


Planetary Aberration


Chapter 7 The Apparent Diurnal Motions


The Rotation of the Celestial Sphere


The Apparent Diurnal Path


Chapter 8 The Dynamical Basis of the Astronomical Coordinate Systems


The Secular Motion of the Ecliptic


The Motion of the Earth Relative to Its Center of Mass


The Astronomical Vertical


Chapter 9 The Variations of the Local Reference System


The Local Horizon Coordinate System


Variations of Geographical Coordinates


Chapter 10 Determinations of Position in the Local Reference System


The Reduction of Observations in the Horizon Coordinate System


The Geographic Reference System


Chapter 11 Precession and Nutation


The General Precessional Motions


Nutation


Chapter 12 Variations of

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No. of pages:
470
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1966
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323149129

About the Author

Edgar Woolard

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