Galactic and Solar System Optical Astrometry

Galactic and Solar System Optical Astrometry

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Astrometry--the study of the positions of astronomical objects and how they move across the sky--is a cornerstone of modern astronomy. The respected contributors to this book discuss the crucial issues of measuring the distances to stars and describing the exact motions of stars in our galaxy. These measurements can lead to an understanding of the origin of the stars and how together they affect the evolution of our galaxy. Similarly, measuring the motions of planets, their satellites and asteroids is crucial to unraveling the origin and evolution of our solar system (as well as to the planning of space missions to explore them). The purpose of this book is to bring together optical astrometrists and cosmological theoreticians to provide an auspicious review of optical astrometry and our understanding of the evolution of the galaxy and solar system for graduate students and researchers.The future application of HlPPARCOS results in helping to solve specific questions of Galactic structure and evolution is addressed in several papers. Progress in both the scientific analysis and the technical aspects of ground- basedanbsp;...

Title:Galactic and Solar System Optical Astrometry
Author:L. V. Morrison, Royal Greenwich Observatory, University of Cambridge. Institute of Astronomy
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994


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