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Stellar Reference Frames

  • J. Kovalevsky
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 154)

Abstract

Ever since man tried to trace the motion of celestial objects or to identify their positions, he referred to stars as fiducial points This meant that one had to measure the positions of these reference stars with respect to a system of spherical coordinates. The choice of the axes was imposed by the Earth’s rotation: the celestial equator and the meridian half plane crossing it at the vernal equinox point. Traditionally the equatorial system is direct, the Z-axis pointing towards North. The two angles are the right ascension α and the declination δ (fig. 1).

Keywords

Proper Motion Meridian Circle Fiducial Point Galactic Rotation Reference Star 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kovalevsky
    • 1
  1. 1.CERGAGrasseFrance

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