© 1995

Modern Astrometry


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 11-31
  4. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 33-58
  5. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 59-85
  6. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 87-132
  7. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 133-163
  8. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 165-189
  9. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 191-234
  10. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 235-263
  11. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 265-278
  12. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 279-316
  13. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 317-338
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 339-353

About this book


Astrometry is the domain of astronomy devoted to the determination of po­ sitions and their time-variations, and by extension, the apparent dimensions and shapes of celestial bodies. Although several books describe the theoretical foundations of positional astronomy, they touch only slightly on the descrip­ tion of instruments and the procedures for obtaining actual geometrical or kinematic quantities, which are among the basic observational data in the study of the Universe and of its components. The goal of the present book is, in contrast, to provide an up-to-date description of astrometric techniques, particularly the most recent and powerful ones, whether the instruments are on the ground or in space. Until the end of the 19th century, before the development of physical as­ tronomy, all astronomical observations were directed towards obtaining posi­ tions of celestial bodies. Since then astrophysics has become the most impor­ tant domain of astronomy. With the extension of observations to almost all wavelengths from radio waves to gamma rays, with the use of very sensitive new receivers and the development of fast computers, remarkable progress has been made in the description and the understanding of the Universe.


astrometry astronomy atmospheric effects celestial bodies equal altitude instrument instruments interferometry meridian circles observing techniques phase interferometry photography quasar quasars small-field astrometry space astrometry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Département CERGAObservatoire de la Côte d’AzurGrasseFrance

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From the reviews
"The book offers a general introduction to the field of astrometry in which objectives and methods of astrometry are described, including the fundamental knowledge in physical and atmospheric optics required to understand performances of astrometric instruments and properties of data or images collected (...). The volume is well written, up-to-date, and will be welcomed by most professionals and students."
Astrophysical Letters and Communications

"...Well-written and immensely readable. Modern Astrometry should be available to all students of astronomy."
Irish Astronomical Journal