Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 98, Issue 3, pp 155–180

Report of the IAU/IAG Working Group on cartographic coordinates and rotational elements: 2006


    • University of Virginia
  • B. A. Archinal
    • U.S. Geological Survey
  • M. F. A’hearn
    • University of Maryland
  • A. Conrad
    • W. M. Keck Observatory
  • G. J. Consolmagno
    • Vatican Observatory
  • D. Hestroffer
    • IMCCE, Paris Observatory, CNRS
  • J. L. Hilton
    • U.S. Naval Observatory
  • G. A. Krasinsky
    • Institute for Applied Astronomy
  • G. Neumann
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • J. Oberst
    • DLR Berlin Adlershof
  • P. Stooke
    • University of Western Ontario
  • E. F. Tedesco
    • University of New Hampshire
  • D. J. Tholen
    • University of Hawaii
  • P. C. Thomas
    • Cornell University
  • I. P. Williams
    • Queen MaryUniversity of London
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DOI: 10.1007/s10569-007-9072-y

Cite this article as:
Seidelmann, P.K., Archinal, B.A., A’hearn, M.F. et al. Celestial Mech Dyn Astr (2007) 98: 155. doi:10.1007/s10569-007-9072-y


Every three years the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements revises tables giving the directions of the poles of rotation and the prime meridians of the planets, satellites, minor planets, and comets. This report introduces improved values for the pole and rotation rate of Pluto, Charon, and Phoebe, the pole of Jupiter, the sizes and shapes of Saturn satellites and Charon, and the poles, rotation rates, and sizes of some minor planets and comets. A high precision realization for the pole and rotation rate of the Moon is provided. The expression for the Sun’s rotation has been changed to be consistent with the planets and to account for light travel time


Cartographic coordinatesRotation axesRotation periodsSizesShapesPlanetsSatellitesMinor planetsComets
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