Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac / Edition 1

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Overview

The Explanatory Supplement provides a detailed description of how to perform practical astronomy or spherical astronomy, how the computations for the Astronomical Almanac are performed, and the underlying information required by someone using the Almanac or wanting to perform related computations. This completely revised and rewritten edition of the Explanatory Supplement is an authoritative source on astronomical phenomena and calendars and includes details for FK5 J2000.0 reference system and transformations; details on celestial and terrestrial coordinate systems; current values of astrometric quantities; explanation of eclipse of Sun and Moon computations; details of time scales and their relationships; and detailed descriptions of ephemerides and characteristics of the planets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891389450
  • Publisher: University Science Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction to Positional Astronomy 1
2 Time 39
3 Celestial Reference Systems 95
4 Terrestrial Coordinates and the Rotation of the Earth 199
5 Orbital Ephemerides of the Sun, Moon, and Planets 279
6 Orbital Ephemerides and Rings of Satellites 325
7 Physical Ephemerides of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Satellites 383
8 Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 421
9 Astronomical Phenomena 475
10 Stars and Stellar Systems 505
11 Computational Techniques 541
12 Calendars 575
12.10 References 606
13 Historical Information 609
14 Related Publications 667
15 Reference Data 693
Glossary 721
Index 741
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