The Cosmic Distance Scale

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


A first requirement for the establishment of a cosmic distance scale is the correct measurement of distances within the solar system. The basic step in this procedure is the measurement of the distance to Venus. The most precise way of obtaining this distance is through the use of radar techniques. Another method is described in problems 2–2 and 2–3 at the end of this chapter.


Globular Cluster Main Sequence Spiral Galaxy Angular Diameter Magellanic Cloud 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Harwit
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  1. 1.Smithsonian InstitutionNational Air and Space MuseumUSA

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