© 1989

Reference Frames

In Astronomy and Geophysics

  • Jean Kovalevsky
  • Ivan I. Mueller
  • Barbara Kolaczek

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 154)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. J. Kovalevsky, Ivan I. Mueller
      Pages 1-12
  3. Celestial Reference Frames

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. J. Kovalevsky
      Pages 15-41
    3. C. Ma
      Pages 43-65
    4. J. G. Williams, E. M. Standish
      Pages 67-90
    5. V. A. Brumberg, S. M. Kopejkin
      Pages 115-141
  4. Terrestrial Reference Frames

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Ivan I. Mueller, Richard H. Rapp
      Pages 145-162
    3. Ivan I. Mueller
      Pages 163-169
  5. Rotation of the Earth and the Terrestrial and Celestial Frames

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Hiroshi Kinoshita, Tetsuo Sasao
      Pages 173-211
    3. B. Kolaczek
      Pages 213-240
  6. Relationships Between Frames

About this book


This book on reference systems is the first comprehensive review of the problem of celestial and terrestrial reference systems and frames. Over 20 years, the importance of this problem emerged slowly as the accuracy of new observational techniques improved. The topic has already been approached in several symposia such as Stresa (1967), Morioka (1971), Perth (1973), Columbus (1975, 1978 and 1985), Kiev (1977) and San Fernando (1978). Two IAU colloquia held in Turin (1974) and in Warsaw (1980) were exclusively devoted to discuss reference systems. During this time, the problem of terrestrial and celestial reference systems has been discussed also in many astronomical and geodetic symposia, but always among other topics. Thus, a review devoted solely to the definition and practical realization of such systems was needed. It is hoped that this book, containing modern comprehensive reviews of important facets of this problem will contribute not only to a better and wider understanding of the mathematics and the physics that are behind the concepts and the realizations, but also to future development in a field that can only expand with the rapidly increasing accuracy of geodetic and astronomical observations. We are pleased to thank all the authors of the book who have enthusiastically agreed to contribute to the book in their field of competence and have gracefully accepted guidance from the editors in the definition of the subject and of the interfaces with other chapters. We thank Prof. Y.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Kovalevsky
    • 1
  • Ivan I. Mueller
    • 2
  • Barbara Kolaczek
    • 3
  1. 1.CERGAGrasseFrance
  2. 2.Ohio StateUniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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