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The Legacy of the Struves for the Establishment of an Inertial Coordinate System on the Sky

  • Alan H. Batten
Conference paper
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 141)

Abstract

Contributions made by Vassily Yakovlevich Struve and his son Otto Vassilyevich to the eventual establishment of an inertial frame of reference on the sky are discussed under five heads: (i) the foundation of Pulkovo Observatory, (ii) instrumentation, (iii) Vassily Yakovlevich’s determination of the constant of aberration, (iv) Otto Vassilyevich’s determination of the coefficient of precession and (v) international cooperation.

Keywords

International Cooperation Gold Medal Inertial Coordinate System Royal Astronomical Society Pulkovo Observatory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan H. Batten
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  1. 1.Dominion Astrophysical ObservatoryHerzberg Institute of AstrophysicsVictoriaCanada

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