Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 98, Issue 3, pp 155–180 | Cite as

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

  • P. Kenneth Seidelmann
  • B. A. Archinal
  • M. F. A’hearn
  • A. Conrad
  • G. J. Consolmagno
  • D. Hestroffer
  • J. L. Hilton
  • G. A. Krasinsky
  • G. Neumann
  • J. Oberst
  • P. Stooke
  • E. F. Tedesco
  • D. J. Tholen
  • P. C. Thomas
  • I. P. Williams
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Abstract

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

Keywords

Cartographic coordinates Rotation axes Rotation periods Sizes Shapes Planets Satellites Minor planets Comets 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    • 1
  • B. A. Archinal
    • 2
  • M. F. A’hearn
    • 3
  • A. Conrad
    • 4
  • G. J. Consolmagno
    • 5
  • D. Hestroffer
    • 6
  • J. L. Hilton
    • 7
  • G. A. Krasinsky
    • 8
  • G. Neumann
    • 9
  • J. Oberst
    • 10
  • P. Stooke
    • 11
  • E. F. Tedesco
    • 12
  • D. J. Tholen
    • 13
  • P. C. Thomas
    • 14
  • I. P. Williams
    • 15
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Geological SurveyFlagstaffUSA
  3. 3.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.W. M. Keck ObservatoryKamuelaUSA
  5. 5.Vatican ObservatoryVatican City StateItaly
  6. 6.IMCCE, Paris Observatory, CNRSParisFrance
  7. 7.U.S. Naval ObservatoryWashington DCUSA
  8. 8.Institute for Applied AstronomySt. PetersburgRussia
  9. 9.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  10. 10.DLR Berlin AdlershofBerlinGermany
  11. 11.University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  12. 12.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  13. 13.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  14. 14.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  15. 15.Queen MaryUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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