Astrometry of Fundamental Catalogues

The Evolution from Optical to Radio Reference Frames

  • Hans G. Walter
  • Ojars J. Sovers

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 1-36
  3. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 37-68
  4. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 69-98
  5. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 99-134
  6. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 135-164
  7. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 165-188
  8. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 189-202
  9. Hans G. Walter, Ojars J. Sovers
    Pages 203-210
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 211-231

About this book


Celestial fundamental catalogues are a prerequisite for the determination of absolute positions and motions in space. Presently, positional astrometry is at the watershed between classical fundamental catalogues, based on moving reference stars, and modern catalogues, based on extragalactic reference objects with non-measurable motion. This book addresses the concepts and methods of the respective construction techniques leading to the stellar frame of the FK5 (Fifth Fundamental Catalogue) and to the newly adopted extragalactic radio reference frame, ICRF (International Celestial Reference Frame), with its extension to optical wavelengths by the Hipparcos Catalogue. While principal outlines of meridian circle observations are given, emphasis is put in some detail on the VLBI technique as applied to astrometry, and to the observational techniques used in the Hipparcos mission, including the tie of the originally non-anchored rigid Hipparcos sphere into the ICRF.


Astrometry Astrometry by Hipparcos Astrometry with Radio Frame Maintenance Fundamental Catalogues Hipparcos catalog Interferometers Radio/Optical Frames radio interferometry satellite space astrometry

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans G. Walter
    • 1
  • Ojars J. Sovers
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronomisches Rechen-InstitutHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Caltech/Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63158-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-57260-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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