Report of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements: 2003


Every three years the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements revises tables giving the directions of the north poles of rotation and the prime meridians of the planets, satellites, and asteroids. This report introduces a system of cartographic coordinates for asteroids and comets. A topographic reference surface for Mars is recommended. Tables for the rotational elements of the planets and satellites and size and shape of the planets and satellites are not included, since there were no changes to the values. They are available in the previous report (Celest. Mech. Dyn. Astron., 82, 83–110, 2002), a version of which is also available on a web site.

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Seidelmann, P.K., Archinal, B.A., A’Hearn, M.F. et al. Report of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements: 2003. Celestial Mech Dyn Astr 91, 203–215 (2005).

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  • asteroids
  • cartographic coordinates
  • comets
  • planets
  • rotation axes
  • rotation periods
  • satellites
  • shapes
  • sizes