Classical Astronomical Coordinates

  • Michael Soffel
  • Ralf Langhans
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


Classical astronomical coordinates still play an important role for celestial reference systems (CRS). For their introduction we will study the apparent motion of stars and Sun. We start from an earthbound observer and will introduce some elementary facts about the apparent motion of stars and the Sun about the Earth.


Apparent Motion Solar Eclipse Rotational Matrice Vertical Circle Zenith Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Soffel
    • 1
  • Ralf Langhans
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Planetary GeodesyDresden Technical University Lohrmann ObservatoryDresdenGermany

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