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Relativity in Astrometry, Celestial Mechanics and Geodesy


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Michael H. Soffel
    Pages 32-42
  3. Michael H. Soffel
    Pages 43-84
  4. Michael H. Soffel
    Pages 85-143
  5. Michael H. Soffel
    Pages 144-158
  6. Michael H. Soffel
    Pages 210-210
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-208

About this book


The book "Relativity in Astrometry, Celestial Mechanics and Geodesy" repre­ sents a significant contribution to modern relativistic celestial mechanics and astrometry. In these branches of astronomy the theory of general relativity is used nowadays as an efficient practical framework for constructing accurate dynamical theories of motion of celestial bodies and discussing high-precision observations. The author develops the useful tools for this purpose and intro­ duces the reader into the modern state of the art in these domains. More specifically, the distinctive feature of the book is the wide application of the tetrad formalism to astronomical problems. One may not agree with the author's opinion that this is the only method so far to be able to treat the rel­ ativistic astronomical problems in a consistent and satisfactory manner. (On the contrary, one may foresee in the nearest future other books on relativistic celestial mechanics and astrometry based on different approaches solving the same problems. ) However, we are now at the beginning of practical relativis­ tic astronomy and it will demand much effort to reconstruct in a relativistic manner all Newtonian conceptions of ephemeris astronomy and geodesy. In particular, this concern. s the definitions of reference frames, time scales and astronomical units of measurement. This book is one of the first steps in the correct direction. V. A.


Astrometry Celestial mechanics Gravity Relativity general relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Theoretische AstrophysikUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

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