Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 215–253

RDAN97: An Analytical Development of Rigid Earth Nutation Series Using the Torque Approach

  • F. Roosbeek
  • V. Dehant

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008350710849

Cite this article as:
Roosbeek, F. & Dehant, V. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (1998) 70: 215. doi:10.1023/A:1008350710849


New series of rigid Earth nutations for the angular momemtum axis, the rotation axis and the figure axis, named RDAN97, are computed using the torque approach. Besides the classical J2 terms coming from the Moon and the Sun, we also consider several additional effects: terms coming from J3 and J4 in the case of the Moon, direct and indirect planetary effects, lunar inequality, J2 tilt, planetary‐tilt, effects of the precession and nutations on the nutations, secular variations of the amplitudes, effects due to the triaxiality of the Earth, new additional out‐of‐phase terms coming from second order effect and relativistic effects. Finally, we obtain rigid Earth nutation series of 1529 terms in longitude and 984 terms in obliquity with a truncation level of 0.1 μ (microarcsecond) and 8 significant digits. The value of the dynamical flattening used in this theory is HD=(C-A)/C=0.0032737674 computed from the initial value pa=50′.2877/yr for the precession rate. These new rigid Earth nutation series are then compared with the most recent models (Hartmann et al., 1998; Souchay and Kinoshita, 1996, 1997; Bretagnon et al., 1997, 1998. We also compute a benchmark series (RDNN97) from the numerical ephemerides DE403/LE403 (Standish et al., 1995) in order to test our model. The comparison between our model (RDAN97) and the benchmark series (RDNN97) shows a maximum difference, in the time domain, of 69 μas in longitude and 29 μas in obliquity. In the frequency domain, the maximum differences are 6 μas in longitude and 4 μ as in obliquity which is below the level of precision of the most recent observations (0.2 mas in time domain (temporal resolution of 1 day) and 0.02 mas in frequency domain).

rigid Earth nutations precession obliquity rate 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Roosbeek
    • 1
  • V. Dehant
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Observatory of BelgiumBelgium

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