Methods of celestial mechanics
Brouwer, Dirk
2013-01-01
Methods of Celestial Mechanics provides a comprehensive background of celestial mechanics for practical applications. Celestial mechanics is the branch of astronomy that is devoted to the motions of celestial bodies. This book is composed of 17 chapters, and begins with the concept of elliptic motion and its expansion. The subsequent chapters are devoted to other aspects of celestial mechanics, including gravity, numerical integration of orbit, stellar aberration, lunar theory, and celestial coordinates. Considerable chapters explore the principles and application of various mathematical metho
Adventures in Celestial Mechanics
Szebehely, Victor G
1998-01-01
A fascinating introduction to the basic principles of orbital mechanics. It has been three hundred years since Isaac Newton first formulated laws to explain the orbits of the Moon and the planets of our solar system. In so doing he laid the groundwork for modern science's understanding of the workings of the cosmos and helped pave the way to the age of space exploration. Adventures in Celestial Mechanics offers students an enjoyable way to become acquainted with the basic principles involved in the motions of natural and human-made bodies in space. Packed with examples in which these principle
Frontiers in relativistic celestial mechanics
2014-01-01
Relativistic celestial mechanics – investigating the motion celestial bodies under the influence of general relativity – is a major tool of modern experimental gravitational physics. With a wide range of prominent authors from the field, this two-volume series consists of reviews on a multitude of advanced topics in the area of relativistic celestial mechanics – starting from more classical topics such as the regime of asymptotically-flat spacetime, light propagation and celestial ephemerides, but also including its role in cosmology and alternative theories of gravity as well as modern experiments in this area.
The geometry of celestial mechanics
Geiges, Hansjörg
2016-01-01
Celestial mechanics is the branch of mathematical astronomy devoted to studying the motions of celestial bodies subject to the Newtonian law of gravitation. This mathematical introductory textbook reveals that even the most basic question in celestial mechanics, the Kepler problem, leads to a cornucopia of geometric concepts: conformal and projective transformations, spherical and hyperbolic geometry, notions of curvature, and the topology of geodesic flows. For advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, this book explores the geometric concepts underlying celestial mechanics and is an ideal companion for introductory courses. The focus on the history of geometric ideas makes it perfect supplementary reading for students in elementary geometry and topology. Numerous exercises, historical notes and an extensive bibliography provide all the contextual information required to gain a solid grounding in celestial mechanics.
An introduction to celestial mechanics
Moulton, Forest Ray
1984-01-01
An unrivaled text in the field of celestial mechanics, Moulton's theoretical work on the prediction and interpretation of celestial phenomena has not been superseded. By providing a general account of all parts of celestial mechanics without an over-full treatment of any single aspect, by stating all the problems in advance, and, where the transformations are long, giving an outline of the steps which must be made, and by noting all the places where assumptions have been introduced or unjustified methods employed, Moulton has insured that his work will be valuable to all who are interested in
Celestial mechanics with geometric algebra
Hestenes, D.
1983-01-01
Geometric algebra is introduced as a general tool for Celestial Mechanics. A general method for handling finite rotations and rotational kinematics is presented. The constants of Kepler motion are derived and manipulated in a new way. A new spinor formulation of perturbation theory is developed.
Modern Questions of Celestial Mechanics
Colombo, Giovanni
2011-01-01
C. Agostinelli: Sul problema delle aurore boreali e il moto di un corpuscolo elettrizzato in presenza di un dipolo magnetico.- G. Colombo: Introduction to the theory of earth's motion about its center of mass.- E.M. Gaposchkin: The motion of the pole and the earth's elasticity as studied from the gravity field of the earth by means of artificial earth satellites.- I.I. Shapiro: Radar astronomy, general relativity, and celestial mechanics.- V. Szebehely: Applications of the restricted problem of three bodies in space research.- G.A. Wilkins: The analysis of the observation of the satellites of
COMMISSION 7: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Milani, A.; Burns, J.A.; Hadjidemetriou, J.; Kneževic, Z.; Beaugé, C.; Erdi, B.; Fukushima, T.; Heggie, D. C.; Lemaitre, A.; Maciejewski, A.; Morbidelli, A.; Šidlichovský, Miloš; Vokrouhlický, D.; Zhou, J.-L.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 - (Engvold, O.), s. 7-16. (Proceedings of the IAU. IAU Transactions. 26A). ISBN 978-0-521-85604-1 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : celestial mechanics * resonances * exoplanets Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics
Commission 7: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Burns, J.A.; Kneževic, Z.; Milani, A.; Athanassoula, E.; Beaugé, C.; Bálint, E.; Lematre, A.; Maciejewski, A.; Malhotra, R.; Morbidelli, A.; Peale, S.J.; Šidlichovský, Miloš; Vokrouhlický, D.; Zhou, J.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 - (Corbett, I.), s. 120-122. (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. IAU Transactions. 27B). ISBN 978-0-521-76831-3 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : celestial mechanics * resonances * exoplanets Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics
Celestial mechanics of planet shells
Barkin, Yu V.; Vilke, V. G.
2004-06-01
scales. Here we have almost some machine of transformation of mechanical energy of translatory-rotary motions of the shells to elastic energy of deformation of the intermediate layer. Owing to the inelastic (dissipative) properties of this layer, part of elastic energy will become warm energy. This fundamental process has a cyclic character so the variations in the mechanical energy of translational and rotational motions of the shells are cyclic. The rhythms and types of relative wobble of the shells define periodic variations and transformations of mechanical, elastic and warm energies on different time scales. These fundamental positions maintain a constant value in the particular problem considered about the dynamics of the Earth’s shell and core-mantle dynamics of resonant objects: the Moon and Mercury.The cyclic accumulation of elastic energy and warm energy of intermediate layer (between the core and mantle) in realized owing to the action of the inner moments and forces between shells. A considerable part of this energy transforms to the energy of numerous dynamic and physical processes on the planet. It is the mechanism of energization of the planet that defines its endogenous activity (Barkin, 2002a,b).In a number of studies (see for example Barkin (1999, 2002a,b) and Ferrandiz and Barkin (2003)), celestial bodies are studied as objects with a complex structure (elastic, liquid or gaseous core, with shells). The dynamics of such objects in a gravitational field are described by a system of integrodifferential equations in ordinary and partial derivatives (Vilke, 1997a,b) for which research is difficult. At the same time, the complex structure of planets can appear as one of the factors determining the course of dynamic processes (the rotation of a planet around the centre of mass, tidal phenomena, orbit evolution, and tectonic processes as a consequence of relative displacement of parts of a planet) (Barkin, 2002b).In this article the two-layer model of a
Celestial mechanics and astrodynamics theory and practice
Gurfil, Pini
2016-01-01
This volume is designed as an introductory text and reference book for graduate students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of astronomy, astrodynamics, satellite systems, space sciences and astrophysics. The purpose of the book is to emphasize the similarities between celestial mechanics and astrodynamics, and to present recent advances in these two fields so that the reader can understand the inter-relations and mutual influences. The juxtaposition of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics is a unique approach that is expected to be a refreshing attempt to discuss both the mechanics of space flight and the dynamics of celestial objects. “Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Theory and Practice” also presents the main challenges and future prospects for the two fields in an elaborate, comprehensive and rigorous manner. The book presents homogenous and fluent discussions of the key problems, rendering a portrayal of recent advances in the field together with some basic concepts and essential in...
Relativistic Celestial Mechanics of the Solar System
Kopeikin, Sergei; Kaplan, George
2011-01-01
This authoritative book presents the theoretical development of gravitational physics as it applies to the dynamics of celestial bodies and the analysis of precise astronomical observations. In so doing, it fills the need for a textbook that teaches modern dynamical astronomy with a strong emphasis on the relativistic aspects of the subject produced by the curved geometry of four-dimensional spacetime. The first three chapters review the fundamental principles of celestial mechanics and of special and general relativity. This background material forms the basis for understanding relativistic r
New Methods of Celestial Mechanics
Poincare, Henri; Goroff, David
Edited by Daniel Goroff, Harvard University This English-language edition of Poincare's landmark work is of interest not only to historians of science, but also to mathematicians. Beginning from an investigation of the three-body problem of Newtonian mechanics, Poincare lays the foundations of the qualitative solutions of differential equations. To investigate the long-unsolved problem of the stability of the Solar System, Poincare invented a number of new techniques including canonical transformations, asymptotic series expansions, and integral invariants. These "new methods" are even now finding applications in chaos and other contemporary disciplines. Contents: Volume I: Periodic and asymptotic solutions: Introduction by Daniel Goroff. Generalities and the Jacobi method. Series integration. Periodic solutions. Characteristic exponents. Nonexistence of uniform integrals. Approximate development of the perturbative function. Asymptotic solutions. Volume II: Approximations by series: Formal calculus. Methods of Newcomb and Lindstedt. Application to the study of secular variations. Application to the three-body problem. Application to orbits. Divergence of the Lindstedt series. Direct calculation of the series. Other methods of direct calculation. Gylden methods. Case of linear equations. Bohlin methods. Bohlin series. Extension of the Bohlin method. Volume III: Integral invariants and asymptotic properties of certain solutions: Integral invariants. Formation of invariants. Use of integral invariants. Integral invariants and asymptotic solutions. Poisson stability. Theory of consequents. Periodic solutions of the second kind. Different forms of the principle of least action.
Recent advances in celestial and space mechanics
Chyba, Monique
2016-01-01
This book presents recent advances in space and celestial mechanics, with a focus on the N-body problem and astrodynamics, and explores the development and application of computational techniques in both areas. It highlights the design of space transfers with various modes of propulsion, like solar sailing and low-thrust transfers between libration point orbits, as well as a broad range of targets and applications, like rendezvous with near Earth objects. Additionally, it includes contributions on the non-integrability properties of the collinear three- and four-body problem, and on general conditions for the existence of stable, minimum energy configurations in the full N-body problem. A valuable resource for physicists and mathematicians with research interests in celestial mechanics, astrodynamics and optimal control as applied to space transfers, as well as for professionals and companies in the industry.
Gravitation and celestial mechanics investigations with Galileo
Anderson, J. D.; Armstrong, J. W.; Campbell, J. K.; Estabrook, F. B.; Krisher, T. P.; Lau, E. L.
1992-01-01
The gravitation and celestial mechanics investigations that are to be conducted during the cruise and Orbiter phases of the Galileo Mission cover four investigation categories: (1) the gravity fields of Jupiter and its four major satellites; (2) a search for gravitational radiation; (3) mathematical modeling of general relativistic effects on Doppler ranging data; and (4) improvements of the Jupiter ephemeris via Orbiter ranging. Also noted are two secondary objectives, involving a range fix during Venus flyby and the determination of the earth's mass on the bases of the two earth gravity assists used by the mission.
Research career of an astronomer who has studied celestial mechanics
Kozai, Yoshihide
2016-09-01
Celestial mechanics has been a classical field of astronomy. Only a few astronomers were in this field and not so many papers on this subject had been published during the first half of the 20th century. However, as the beauty of classical dynamics and celestial mechanics attracted me very much, I decided to take celestial mechanics as my research subject and entered university, where a very famous professor of celestial mechanics was a member of the faculty. Then as artificial satellites were launched starting from October 1958, new topics were investigated in the field of celestial mechanics. Moreover, planetary rings, asteroids with moderate values of eccentricity, inclination and so on have become new fields of celestial mechanics. In fact I have tried to solve such problems in an analytical way. Finally, to understand what gravitation is I joined the TAMA300 gravitational wave detector group.
Relativistic Celestial Mechanics of the Solar System
Kopeikin, Sergei; Efroimsky, Michael; Kaplan, George
2011-09-01
The general theory of relativity was developed by Einstein a century ago. Since then, it has become the standard theory of gravity, especially important to the fields of fundamental astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and experimental gravitational physics. Today, the application of general relativity is also essential for many practical purposes involving astrometry, navigation, geodesy, and time synchronization. Numerous experiments have successfully tested general relativity to a remarkable level of precision. Exploring relativistic gravity in the solar system now involves a variety of high-accuracy techniques, for example, very long baseline radio interferometry, pulsar timing, spacecraft Doppler tracking, planetary radio ranging, lunar laser ranging, the global positioning system (GPS), torsion balances and atomic clocks. Over the last few decades, various groups within the International Astronomical Union have been active in exploring the application of the general theory of relativity to the modeling and interpretation of high-accuracy astronomical observations in the solar system and beyond. A Working Group on Relativity in Celestial Mechanics and Astrometry was formed in 1994 to define and implement a relativistic theory of reference frames and time scales. This task was successfully completed with the adoption of a series of resolutions on astronomical reference systems, time scales, and Earth rotation models by the 24th General Assembly of the IAU, held in Manchester, UK, in 2000. However, these resolutions only form a framework for the practical application of relativity theory, and there have been continuing questions on the details of the proper application of relativity theory to many common astronomical problems. To ensure that these questions are properly addressed, the 26th General Assembly of the IAU, held in Prague in August 2006, established the IAU Commission 52, "Relativity in Fundamental Astronomy". The general scientific goals of the new
A Snapshot-Based Mechanism for Celestial Orientation.
El Jundi, Basil; Foster, James J; Khaldy, Lana; Byrne, Marcus J; Dacke, Marie; Baird, Emily
2016-06-01
In order to protect their food from competitors, ball-rolling dung beetles detach a piece of dung from a pile, shape it into a ball, and roll it away along a straight path [1]. They appear to rely exclusively on celestial compass cues to maintain their bearing [2-8], but the mechanism that enables them to use these cues for orientation remains unknown. Here, we describe the orientation strategy that allows dung beetles to use celestial cues in a dynamic fashion. We tested the underlying orientation mechanism by presenting beetles with a combination of simulated celestial cues (sun, polarized light, and spectral cues). We show that these animals do not rely on an innate prediction of the natural geographical relationship between celestial cues, as other navigating insects seem to [9, 10]. Instead, they appear to form an internal representation of the prevailing celestial scene, a "celestial snapshot," even if that scene represents a physical impossibility for the real sky. We also find that the beetles are able to maintain their bearing with respect to the presented cues only if the cues are visible when the snapshot is taken. This happens during the "dance," a behavior in which the beetle climbs on top of its ball and rotates about its vertical axis [11]. This strategy for reading celestial signals is a simple but efficient mechanism for straight-line orientation. PMID:27185557
Division a Commission 7: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Morbidelli, Alessandro; Beaugé, Cristian; Knežević, Zoran; Celetti, Alessandra; Haghighipour, Nader; Hut, Piet; Laskar, Jacques; Mikkola, Seppo; Roig, Fernando
2016-04-01
In order to mark a distinction with the traditional triennial reports, for this legacy issue we have asked our present and past OC members, as well as a few other outstanding members of the Celestial Mechanics community, to write a short essay on ``recent highlights and the future of Celestial Mechanics''. Below we collect the contributions of the people who responded to our invitation. As it is natural, each of them interpreted their task differently. Some produced a dissertation on broad and general aspects, others focused on a specific topic of their interest. Some considered that their role was to provide a detailed review, with a list of key references, others preferred to mention the topics for which progress has been significant but without quoting any references, implicitly considering that this progress was possible thanks to the collective efforts of many scientists, and not just a few. This is great, as we appreciate the diversity of attitudes and opinions.
Kepler-16 Circumbinary System Validates Quantum Celestial Mechanics
Potter F.
2012-01-01
Full Text Available We report the application of quantum celestial mechanics (QCM to the Kepler-16 cir- cumbinary system which has a single planet orbiting binary stars with the important system parameters known to within one percent. Other gravitationally bound systems such as the Solar System of planets and the Jovian satellite systems have large uncertain- ties in their total angular momentum. Therefore, Kepler-16 allows us for the first time to determine whether the QCM predicted angular momentum per mass quantization is valid.
GRAIL gravity field determination using the Celestial Mechanics Approach
Arnold, Daniel; Bertone, Stefano; Jäggi, Adrian; Beutler, Gerhard; Mervart, Leos
2015-11-01
The NASA mission GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) inherited its concept from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission to determine the gravity field of the Moon. We present lunar gravity fields based on the data of GRAIL's primary mission phase. Gravity field recovery is realized in the framework of the Celestial Mechanics Approach, using a development version of the Bernese GNSS Software along with Ka-band range-rate data series as observations and the GNI1B positions provided by NASA JPL as pseudo-observations. By comparing our results with the official level-2 GRAIL gravity field models we show that the lunar gravity field can be recovered with a high quality by adapting the Celestial Mechanics Approach, even when using pre-GRAIL gravity field models as a priori fields and when replacing sophisticated models of non-gravitational accelerations by appropriately spaced pseudo-stochastic pulses (i.e., instantaneous velocity changes). We present and evaluate two lunar gravity field solutions up to degree and order 200 - AIUB-GRL200A and AIUB-GRL200B. While the first solution uses no gravity field information beyond degree 200, the second is obtained by using the official GRAIL field GRGM900C up to degree and order 660 as a priori information. This reduces the omission errors and demonstrates the potential quality of our solution if we resolved the gravity field to higher degree.
Commission 7: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. Triennial Report 2006-2009
Burns, J.A.; Kneževic, Z.; Milani, A.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Athanassoula, E.; Beaugé, C.; Erdi, B.; Lemaitre, A.; Maciejewski, A.; Malhotra, R.; Morbidelli, A.; Peale, S.J.; Šidlichovský, Miloš; Zhou, J.-L.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 - (van der Hucht, K.), s. 12-22. (Proceedings of the IAU. IAU Transactions. 27A). ISBN 978-0-521-85605-8 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : celestial mechanics * resonances * exoplanets Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics
Methods of Celestial Mechanics Volume I: Physical, Mathematical, and Numerical Principles
Beutler, Gerhard
2005-01-01
G. Beutler's Methods of Celestial Mechanics is a coherent textbook for students in physics, mathematics and engineering as well as an excellent reference for practitioners. This Volume I gives a thorough treatment of celestial mechanics and presents all the necessary mathematical details that a professional would need. After a brief review of the history of celestial mechanics, the equations of motion (Newtonian and relativistic versions) are developed for planetary systems (N-body-problem), for artificial Earth satellites, and for extended bodies (which includes the problem of Earth and lunar rotation). Perturbation theory is outlined in an elementary way from generally known mathematical principles without making use of the advanced tools of analytical mechanics. The variational equations associated with orbital motion - of fundamental importance for parameter estimation (e.g., orbit determination), numerical error propagation, and stability considerations - are introduced and their properties discussed in ...
Quaternion regularization and trajectory motion control in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics: II
Chelnokov, Yu. N.
2014-07-01
Problems of regularization in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are considered, and basic regular quaternion models for celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are presented. It is shown that the effectiveness of analytical studies and numerical solutions to boundary value problems of controlling the trajectory motion of spacecraft can be improved by using quaternion models of astrodynamics. In this second part of the paper, specific singularity-type features (division by zero) are considered. They result from using classical equations in angular variables (particularly in Euler variables) in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics and can be eliminated by using Euler (Rodrigues-Hamilton) parameters and Hamilton quaternions. Basic regular (in the above sense) quaternion models of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are considered; these include equations of trajectory motion written in nonholonomic, orbital, and ideal moving trihedrals whose rotational motions are described by Euler parameters and quaternions of turn; and quaternion equations of instantaneous orbit orientation of a celestial body (spacecraft). New quaternion regular equations are derived for the perturbed three-dimensional two-body problem (spacecraft trajectory motion). These equations are constructed using ideal rectangular Hansen coordinates and quaternion variables, and they have additional advantages over those known for regular Kustaanheimo-Stiefel equations.
Arnold, Vladimir I; Khesin, Boris
2010-01-01
Vladimir Arnold is one of the great mathematical scientists of our time. He is famous for both the breadth and the depth of his work. At the same time he is one of the most prolific and outstanding mathematical authors. This first volume of his Collected Works focuses on representations of functions, celestial mechanics, and KAM theory.
Quaternion regularization in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics and trajectory motion control. I
Chelnokov, Yu. N.
2013-09-01
Regularization problems in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are considered. The fundamental regular quaternion models of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are presented. It is shown that the efficiency of analytical investigation and numerical solution of boundary problems of optimal trajectory motion control of spacecraft may be increased using quaternion astrodynamics models. The regularization problem of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics that implies eliminating the feature, which arises in the equations of the two-body problem in case of impact of the second body with the central body, is considered in the first section of the paper. The quaternion method for regularizing the equations of the perturbed spatial two-body problem suggested by the author is presented; the method is compared with Kustaanheimo-Stiefel (KS) regularization. Demonstrative geometric and kinematic interpretations of regularizing transformations are provided. Regular quaternion equations for the two-body problem, which generalize the regular Kustaanheimo-Stiefel equations, as well as regular equations in quaternion osculating elements and quaternion regular equations for perturbed central motion of a material point, are considered. The papers on quaternion regularization in celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are briefly analyzed.
Celestial Mechanics: from the bases of the past to the challenges of the future
de Melo, C. F.; Prado, A. F. B. A.; Macau, E. E. N.; Winter, O. C.; Gomes, V. M.
2015-10-01
This special issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series brings a set of 31 papers presented in the Brazilian Colloquium on Orbital Dynamics (CBDO), held on December 1 - 5, 2014, in the city of Águas de Lindoia, Brazil. CBDO is a traditional and important scientific meeting in the areas of Theoretical and Applied Celestial Mechanics. The meeting takes place every two years, when researchers from South America and also guests from other continents present their works and discuss the paths trodden by the space sciences.
Mardling, Rosemary A
2013-01-01
Modern applications of celestial mechanics include the study of closely packed systems of exoplanets, circumbinary planetary systems, binary-binary interactions in star clusters, and the dynamics of stars near the galactic centre. While developments have historically been guided by the architecture of the Solar System, the need for more general formulations with as few restrictions on the parameters as possible is obvious. Here we present clear and concise generalisations of two classic expansions of the three-body disturbing function, simplifying considerably their original form and making them accessible to the non-specialist. Governing the interaction between the inner and outer orbits of a hierarchical triple, the disturbing function in its general form is the conduit for energy and angular momentum exchange and as such, governs the secular and resonant evolution of the system and its stability characteristics. Focusing here on coplanar systems, the first expansion is one in the ratio of inner to outer se...
GRAIL gravity field determination using the Celestial Mechanics Approach - status report
Bertone, S.; Arnold, D.; Jäggi, A.; Beutler, G.; Mervart, L.
2015-10-01
The NASA mission GRAIL (Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory [1]) inherits its concept from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment)mission to determine the gravity field of the Moon. The use of inter-satellite Ka-band range-rate (KBRR) observations enables data aquisition even when the spacecraft are not tracked from the Earth [2]. The data allows for a highly accurate estimation of the lunar gravity field on both sides of the Moon, which is crucial to improve the understanding of its internal structure and thermal evolution. In this presentation we dis- cuss our latest GRAIL-based lunar gravity fields generated with the Celestial Mechanics Approach using the Bernese Software.
Preston, Howard G.; Potter, Franklin
2006-03-01
We report a new theory of celestial mechanics for gravitationally bound systems based upon a gravitational wave equation derived from the general relativistic Hamilton-Jacobi equation. The single ad hoc assumption is that the large-scale physical properties depend only on the ratio of the bound system's total angular momentum to its total mass. The theory predicts quantization states for the Solar System and for galaxies. The galactic quantization determines the energy and angular momentum eigenstates without requiring dark matter, and predicts expressions for the galactic disk rotation velocity, the baryonic Tully-Fisher relation, the MOND acceleration parameter, the large-angle gravitational lensing, and the shape, stability and number of arms in spiral galaxies. Applied to the universe, the theory has a repulsive effective gravitational potential that predicts a new Hubble relation and explains the observed apparent acceleration of distant supernovae with the matter/energy density of the universe at the critical density with only about 5% matter content. We suggest a laboratory experiment with a torsion bar near a rotating mass. This theory is not quantum gravity.
Celletti, A
2006-01-01
The book provides the most recent advances of Celestial Mechanics, as provided by high-level scientists working in this field. It covers theoretical investigations as well as applications to concrete problems. Outstanding review papers are included in the book and they introduce the reader to leading subjects, like the variational approaches to find periodic orbits, the stability theory of the N-body problem, the spin-orbit resonances and chaotic dynamics, the space debris polluting the circumterrestrial space.
Cors, Josep; Llibre, Jaume; Korobeinikov, Andrei
2015-01-01
The two parts of the present volume contain extended conference abstracts corresponding to selected talks given by participants at the "Conference on Hamiltonian Systems and Celestial Mechanics 2014" (HAMSYS2014) (15 abstracts) and at the "Workshop on Virus Dynamics and Evolution" (12 abstracts), both held at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM) in Barcelona from June 2nd to 6th, 2014, and from June 23th to 27th, 2014, respectively. Most of them are brief articles, containing preliminary presentations of new results not yet published in regular research journals. The articles are the result of a direct collaboration between active researchers in the area after working in a dynamic and productive atmosphere. The first part is about Central Configurations, Periodic Orbits and Hamiltonian Systems with applications to Celestial Mechanics – a very modern and active field of research. The second part is dedicated to mathematical methods applied to viral dynamics and evolution. Mathematical modelling of biologi...
Potter F.
2013-07-01
Full Text Available Quantum celestial mechanics (QCM predicts that all orbiting bodies in gravitationally bound systems exhibit the quantization of orbital angular momentum per unit mass. I show that the 15 known multi-planet systems with four or more planets obey this QCM prediction. This angular momentum constraint could be the explanation for their orbital stability for billions of years, suggesting that viable models of the formation and evolution of gravitational systems must include QCM.
Latest Moon gravity field solutions from GRAIL data using the Celestial Mechanics Approach
Bertone, Stefano; Arnold, Daniel; Jäggi, Adrian; Beutler, Gerhard; Mervart, Leos; Meyer, Ulrich
2016-04-01
The NASA mission GRAIL inherits its concept from the GRACE mission to determine the gravity field of the Moon. The use of inter-satellite Ka-band range-rate (KBRR) observations enables data acquisition even when the spacecraft are not tracked from the Earth. The data allows for a highly accurate estimation of the lunar gravity field on both sides of the Moon, which is leading to huge improvements in our understanding of its internal structure and thermal evolution. In this presentation we discuss the latest GRAIL-based lunar gravity fields generated with the Celestial Mechanics Approach using the Bernese GNSS Software. We recently presented our solutions up to d/o 200, where KBRR observations and position data (GNI1B products) were used to solve for the lunar gravity field parameters in a generalized orbit determination problem. As a further extension of our processing, the GNI1B positions are now replaced by the original Doppler observations of the Deep Space Network (DSN) to allow for a completely independent determination of the lunar gravity field. Based on Doppler data, we perform orbit determination by solving six initial orbital elements, dynamical parameters, and stochastic parameters in daily arcs using least-squares adjustment. The pseudo-stochastic parameters are estimated to absorb deficiencies in our dynamical modeling (e.g. due to non-gravitational forces). Doppler and KBRR data are then used together with an appropriate weighting for a combined orbit determination process. We present our latest results in the orbit determination of GRAIL over the primary mission phase (PM, March-May 2012) and our first lunar gravity fields based on Doppler and KBRR observations. We compare all of our results from the PM with the most recent lunar gravity field models released by other groups, as well as their consistency with topography-induced gravity.
Advances in GRAIL Gravity Field Determination Using the Celestial Mechanics Approach
Bertone, S.; Arnold, D.; Jaeggi, A.; Beutler, G.; Mervart, L.
2015-12-01
The NASA mission GRAIL inherits its concept from the GRACE mission to determine the gravity field of the Moon. The use of inter-satellite Ka-band range-rate (KBRR) observations enables data acquisition even when the spacecraft are not tracked from the Earth. The data allows for a highly accurate estimation of the lunar gravity field on both sides of the Moon, which is leading to huge improvements in our understanding of its internal structure and thermal evolution. In this presentation we discuss the latest GRAIL-based lunar gravity fields generated with the Celestial Mechanics Approach using the Bernese GNSS Software. We present our recent solutions up to d/o 200, where KBRR observations and position data (GNI1B products) were used to solve for the lunar gravity field parameters in a generalized orbit determination problem. We detail our parametrization in terms of pseudo-stochastic pulses and empirical accelerations, which allows for high quality results even while using a simple model of non-gravitational forces and pre-GRAIL a priori fields. Moreover, we present our latest advances towards the computation of a lunar gravity field with improved spatial resolution.As a further extension of our processing, the GNI1B positions are replaced by the original Doppler observations of the Deep Space Network (DSN) to allow for a completely independent determination of the lunar gravity field. Based on Doppler data, we perform orbit determination by solving six initial orbital elements, dynamical parameters, and stochastic parameters in daily arcs using least squares-adjustment. The pseudo-stochastic parameters are estimated to absorb deficiencies in our dynamical modeling (e.g. due to non-gravitational forces). DSN Doppler and KBRR data are then used together with an appropriate weighting for a combined orbit determination process. We present our latest results in the orbit determination of GRAIL over the primary mission phase (PM, March-May 2012) and eventually present
Lachièze-Rey, Marc; Luminet, Jean-Pierre
2001-07-01
Throughout history, the mysterious dark skies have inspired our imaginations in countless ways, influencing our endeavors in science and philosophy, religion, literature, and art. Filled with 380 full-color illustrations, Celestial Treasury shows the influence of astronomical theories and the richness of illustrations in Western civilization through the ages. The authors explore the evolution of our understanding of astronomy and weave together ancient and modern theories in a fascinating narrative. They incorporate a wealth of detail from Greek verse, medieval manuscripts and Victorian poetry with contemporary spacecraft photographs and computer-generated star charts. Celestial Treasury is more than a beautiful book: it answers a variety of questions that have intrigued scientists and laymen for centuries. -- How did philosophers and scientists try to explain the order that governs celestial motion? -- How did geometers and artists measure and map the skies? -- How many different answers have been proposed for the most fundamental of all questions: When and how did Earth come about? -- Who inhabits the heavens--gods, angels or extraterrestrials? No other book recounts humankind's fascination with the heavens as compellingly as Celestial Treasury. Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Récherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of The Cosmic Background Radiation (Cambridge, 1999), and and The Quest for Unity, (Oxford, 1999 ), as well as many books in French. Jean-Pierre Luminet is a research director of the Centre National pour la Rechérche Scientifique, based at the Paris-Meudon observatory. He is the author of Black Holes, (Cambridge 1992), as well as science documentaries for television.
YUQIAN
2004-01-01
Celestial burial is worshipped in Tibet as the highest pursuit of life. Of three elements indispensable for celestial burial-celestial rock (also known as altar), cinereous vultures, and masters of celestial burial, celestial burial masters are the most mysteriously important.
Potter F.
2016-01-01
In July, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft passing by Pluto did not discover any more moons. Therefore, we know the Pluto system total angular momentum to within 2.4%, more accurately than any other system with more than two orbiting bodies. We there- fore update our previous analysis to determine whether a definitive test of the quantum celestial mechanics (QCM) angular momentum constraint can now be achieved.
Potter F.
2016-01-01
Full Text Available In July, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft passing by Pluto did not discover any more moons. Therefore, we know the Pluto system total angular momentum to within 2.4%, more accurately than any other system with more than two orbiting bodies. We there- fore update our previous analysis to determine whether a definitive test of the quantum celestial mechanics (QCM angular momentum constraint can now be achieved.
Burnham, Robert
1978-01-01
Volume II of a comprehensive three-part guide to celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Chamaeleon to Orion. Features coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.
Mesopotamian Celestial Divination
Verderame, Lorenzo
Celestial divination was an important aspect of scholarly activity in Mesopotamia. Several hundred cuneiform tablets attest to its practice and provide details of the different types of omens that were drawn from observations of the sky. This chapter outlines the sources of celestial divination in Mesopotamia and traces the development of the divinatory tradition from the late third millennium BC down to the end of the first millennium BC.
Burnham, Robert
1978-01-01
Volume III of this three-part comprehensive guide to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system concludes with listings from Pavo through Vulpecula. Objects are grouped according to constellation, and their definitions feature names, coordinates, classifications, and physical descriptions. Additional notes offer fascinating historical information. Hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.
Burnham, Robert
1978-01-01
Volume I of this comprehensive three-part guide to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda through Cetus. Objects are grouped according to constellation, and their definitions feature names, coordinates, classifications, and physical descriptions. Additional notes offer fascinating historical information. Hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.
Dynamics of Natural and Artificial Celestial Bodies
Pretka-Ziomek, Halina; Wnuk, Edwin; Seidelmann, P. Kenneth; Richardson, David.
2002-01-01
This volume contains papers presented at the US/European Celestial Mechanics Workshop organized by the Astronomical Observatory of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and held in Poznan, from 3 to 7 July 2000. The purpose of the workshop was to identify future research in celestial mechanics and astrometry and encourage collaboration among scientists from eastern and western countries. Also an emphasis was placed on attracting young members of the fields from around the world and encouraging them to undertake new research efforts needed for advancements in those fields. There was a full program of invited and contributed presentations on selected subjects and each day ended with a discussion period on a general subject in celestial mechanics. The discussion topics and the leaders were: Resonances and Chaos -- A. Morbidelli; Artificial Satellite Orbits -- K.T. Alfriend; Near Earth Objects -- K. Muinonen; Small Solar System Bodies -- I. Williams; and Summary -- P.K. Seidelmann. The goal of the discussions was to identify what we did not know and how we might further our knowledge. It was felt, in addition, that Poznan, Poland, with a core of scientists covering a range of ages, would provide an example of how a research and educational group could be developed elsewhere. Also, Poznan is a central location convenient to eastern and western countries. Thus, the gathering of people and the papers presented are to be the bases for building the future of astrometry and celestial mechanics. Link: http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-0115-0
Center of Mass of Two or More Celestial Bodies as a Basis of Comets and «Black Holes» Mechanism
Eugeny F. Orlov
2012-01-01
The article considers the questions, arising during rendezvous of two celestial bodies with equal mass, one of which is the Earth and the consequences of such rendezvous to modern civilization, suggests the idea of centers of galaxies mass with anomalously large values of the gravitational fields, which allows to divide them into two types – material filled and hollow.
Center of Mass of Two or More Celestial Bodies as a Basis of Comets and «Black Holes» Mechanism
Eugeny F. Orlov
2012-04-01
Full Text Available The article considers the questions, arising during rendezvous of two celestial bodies with equal mass, one of which is the Earth and the consequences of such rendezvous to modern civilization, suggests the idea of centers of galaxies mass with anomalously large values of the gravitational fields, which allows to divide them into two types – material filled and hollow.
Celestial data routing network
Bordetsky, Alex
2000-11-01
Imagine that information processing human-machine network is threatened in a particular part of the world. Suppose that an anticipated threat of physical attacks could lead to disruption of telecommunications network management infrastructure and access capabilities for small geographically distributed groups engaged in collaborative operations. Suppose that small group of astronauts are exploring the solar planet and need to quickly configure orbital information network to support their collaborative work and local communications. The critical need in both scenarios would be a set of low-cost means of small team celestial networking. To the geographically distributed mobile collaborating groups such means would allow to maintain collaborative multipoint work, set up orbital local area network, and provide orbital intranet communications. This would be accomplished by dynamically assembling the network enabling infrastructure of the small satellite based router, satellite based Codec, and set of satellite based intelligent management agents. Cooperating single function pico satellites, acting as agents and personal switching devices together would represent self-organizing intelligent orbital network of cooperating mobile management nodes. Cooperative behavior of the pico satellite based agents would be achieved by comprising a small orbital artificial neural network capable of learning and restructing the networking resources in response to the anticipated threat.
Ancient Greek Tradition in Arabic and Christian Celestial Globes
Hadrava, Petr; Hadravová, Alena
Campobasso : University of Molise, 2012 - (Badolati, E.), s. 77-85 ISBN 9788867350285. [Conference on Cultural Astronomy /3./. Campobasso (IT), 08.11.2011-08.11.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP405/11/0034 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 ; RVO:68378114 Keywords : celestial globes * iconography of constellations Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics; AB - History (USD-C)
Celestial navigation in a nutshell
Schlereth, Hewitt
2000-01-01
Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell demonstrates how to take sights by the sun, moon, stars, and planets, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The reader is taken carefully through several examples and situational illustrations, making this a most effective self-teaching guide. Common errors are reviewed and several tips on how to improve accuracy are given.
Observation of Celestial Phenomena in Ancient China
Sun, Xiaochun
Because of the need for calendar-making and portent astrology, the Chinese were diligent and meticulous observers of celestial phenomena. China has maintained the longest continuous historical records of celestial phenomena in the world. Extraordinary or abnormal celestial events were particularly noted because of their astrological significance. The historical records cover various types of celestial phenomena, which include solar and lunar eclipses, sunspots, "guest stars" (novae or supernovae as we understand today), comets and meteors, and all kinds of planetary phenomena. These records provide valuable historical data for astronomical studies today.
Celestial Mechanics, Conformal Structures, and Gravitational Waves
Duval, C.; Gibbons, G.; Horvathy, P.
2005-01-01
The equations of motion for $N$ non-relativistic particles attracting according to Newton's law are shown to correspond to the equations for null geodesics in a $(3N+2)$-dimensional Lorentzian, Ricci-flat, spacetime with a covariantly constant null vector. Such a spacetime admits a Bargmann structure and corresponds physically to a generalized pp-wave. Bargmann electromagnetism in five dimensions comprises the two Galilean electro-magnetic theories (Le Bellac and L\\'evy-Leblond). At the quant...
The stratification of regolith on celestial objects
Schräpler, Rainer; von Borstel, Ingo; Güttler, Carsten
2015-01-01
All atmosphere-less planetary bodies are covered with a dust layer, the so-called regolith, which determines the optical, mechanical and thermal properties of their surface. These properties depend on the regolith material, the size distribution of the particles it consists of, and the porosity to which these particles are packed. We performed experiments in parabolic flights to determine the gravity dependency of the packing density of regolith for solid-particle sizes of 60 $\\mu$m and 1 mm as well as for 100-250 $\\mu$m-sized agglomerates of 1.5 $\\mu$m-sized solid grains. We utilized g-levels between 0.7 m s$^{-2}$ and 18 m s$^{-2}$ and completed our measurements with experiments under normal gravity conditions. Based on previous experimental and theoretical literature and supported by our new experiments, we developed an analytical model to calculate the regolith stratification of celestial rocky and icy bodies and estimated the mechanical yields of the regolith under the weight of an astronaut and a spacec...
The Celestial Vault: The Magic of Astrology
McGaha, J.
2004-11-01
Astrology is a "Geocentric System" that supports the "Astrological Principle". This principle, that human beings and their actions are influenced by the positions of celestial objects, is not objectively supported. The "planetary gods" found in the heavens provided order to help explain the chaotic events in life on earth. Is this why many people think their horoscopes are correct, with the "stars" taking credit? Do "celestial movements" foretell the future? What is the evidence for Astrology? The historical, psychological and physical foundations of astrology will be discussed.
Celestial Ephemerides in an Expanding Universe
Kopeikin, Sergei
2012-01-01
Post-Newtonian theory was instrumental in conducting the critical experimental tests of general relativity and in building the astronomical ephemerides of celestial bodies in the solar system with an unparalleled precision. The cornerstone of the theory is the postulate that the solar system is gravitationally isolated from the rest of the universe and the background spacetime is asymptotically flat. The present article extends this theoretical concept and formulates the principles of celestial dynamics of particles and light moving in gravitational field of a localized astronomical system embedded to the expanding Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) universe. We formulate the precise mathematical concept of the Newtonian limit of Einstein's field equations in the conformally-flat FLRW spacetime and analyze the geodesic motion of massive particles and light in this limit. We prove that by doing conformal spacetime transformations, one can reduce the equations of motion of particles and light to the cla...
GAOUA realizations of the Celestial Reference Frame
Yatskiv, Ya.; Bolotin, S.; Kur'yanova, A.
2005-09-01
Short overview of the activity of the Main Astronomical observatory of National Academy of Science of Ukraine for maintenance and extension of the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF) is presented. Special attention is paid on the time stabilities of positions of radio sources (RS) and on the selection of a subset of RS to be used for maintenance of the ICRF. It is shown that seven RS qualified by the IERS as defining sources are unstable.
Celestial Reference Frames at Multiple Radio Wavelengths
Jacobs, Christopher S.
2012-01-01
In 1997 the IAU adopted the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF) built from S/X VLBI data. In response to IAU resolutions encouraging the extension of the ICRF to additional frequency bands, VLBI frames have been made at 24, 32, and 43 gigahertz. Meanwhile, the 8.4 gigahertz work has been greatly improved with the 2009 release of the ICRF-2. This paper discusses the motivations for extending the ICRF to these higher radio bands. Results to date will be summarized including evidence that the high frequency frames are rapidly approaching the accuracy of the 8.4 gigahertz ICRF-2. We discuss current limiting errors and prospects for the future accuracy of radio reference frames. We note that comparison of multiple radio frames is characterizing the frequency dependent systematic noise floor from extended source morphology and core shift. Finally, given Gaia's potential for high accuracy optical astrometry, we have simulated the precision of a radio-optical frame tie to be approximately10-15 microarcseconds ((1-sigma) (1-standard deviation), per component).
Celestial shadows eclipses, transits, and occultations
Westfall, John
2015-01-01
Much of what is known about the universe comes from the study of celestial shadows—eclipses, transits, and occultations. The most dramatic are total eclipses of the Sun, which constitute one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring events of nature. Though once a source of consternation or dread, solar eclipses now lead thousands of amateur astronomers and eclipse-chasers to travel to remote points on the globe to savor their beauty and the adrenaline-rush of experiencing totality, and were long the only source of information about the hauntingly beautiful chromosphere and corona of the Sun. Long before Columbus, the curved shadow of the Earth on the Moon during a lunar eclipse revealed that we inhabit a round world. The rare and wonderful transits of Venus, which occur as it passes between the Earth and the Sun, inspired eighteenth century expeditions to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun, while the recent transits of 2004 and 2012 were the most widely observed ever--and still produced re...
Industrial Scale Production of Celestial Body Simulants Project
National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The technical objectives of this program are to develop a cost-effective process to deliver Celestial body simulants for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the...
Reconstruction of the celestial globe of the Ming Dynasty.
Xu, Zhengtao; Ling, Rongfu
1997-09-01
Four big bronze instruments were made in the seventh year of the Zhengtong reign of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1442). They are the Armillary Sphere, Abridged Armilla, Gnomon and Celestial Globe. The first three ones are well presented in the Purple Mountain Observatory. But the Celestial Globe was destroyed in the early period of the Qing Dynasty. According to the astronomical treatises of the Yuan and Ming Dynasty and related references the authors reconstructed this instrument in original size.
Hadravová, Alena; Hadrava, Petr
Athens : Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2012 - (Katsiampoura, G.) ISBN 978-960-9538-13-8. [International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Scientific Cosmopolitanism and Local Cultures: Religions, Ideologies, Societies /5./. 01.11.2012-03.11.2012, Atény] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP405/11/0034 Institutional support: RVO:68378114 ; RVO:67985815 Keywords : ancient Greek astronomical tradition * celestial globes * Ptolemaic constellations Subject RIV: AB - History; BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics (ASU-R)
Dynamical Configurations of Celestial Systems Comprised of Multiple Irregular Bodies
Jiang, Yu; Baoyin, Hexi; Li, Junfeng
2016-01-01
This manuscript considers the main features of the nonlinear dynamics of multiple irregular celestial body systems. The gravitational potential, static electric potential, and magnetic potential are considered. Based on the three established potentials, we show that three conservative values exist for this system, including a Jacobi integral. The equilibrium conditions for the system are derived and their stability analyzed. The equilibrium conditions of a celestial system comprised of n irregular bodies are reduced to 12n minus 9 equations. The dynamical results are applied to simulate the motion of multiple-asteroid systems. The simulation is useful for the study of the stability of multiple irregular celestial body systems and for the design of spacecraft orbits to triple asteroid systems discovered in the solar system. The dynamical configurations of the five triple-asteroid systems 45 Eugenia, 87 Sylvia, 93 Minerva, 216 Kleopatra, and 136617 1994CC, and the six-body system 134340 Pluto are calculated and...
Radio and optical realizations of celestial reference frames
Lambert, S B; Le Poncin-Lafitte, C; Barache, C; Souchay, J
2006-01-01
The International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF, Ma et al. 1998) is currently the best realization of a quasi-inertial reference system. It is based on more than 10 years of cumulated geodetic and astrometric VLBI observations of compact extragalactic objects at centimetric wavelengths. In the perspective of the realization of an accurate optical counterpart of the ICRF using future space astrometry missions like GAIA or SIM, this paper investigates the consistency of celestial reference frames realized through the same subset of compact extragalactic radio sources at optical wavelengths. Celestial reference frames realized in radio wavelengths with the VLBA Calibrator Survey (VCS) data and in optical wavelengths with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data (DR3 quasar catalogue and DR5) are compared in terms of radio-optical distances between the common sources, global rotation of the axes and offset of the equator.
袁立新
2012-01-01
This article has established the mathematical model of the changes of the mechanical energy for the planet system with the gravitational constant reduction. By analysing and demonstrating to the mathematical model, the general formula of Kepler'sthird law with the evolutionary synchronism of celestial body is derived. The current state of planetary motion is the current form with historical evolution. By theoretical modeling to the general formula of Kepler's third law, this article has explained the physical meaning of Kepler's third law, and has achieved traceability for the evolution of planetary orbits in the solar system and forecastability for the future.%通过引力常数减小对于行星运行演化的作用，建立了行星系统能量随引力常数减小而减小的数学模型．通过对此数学模型的分析和运算，推导出天体膨胀、行星运行轨道与天体演化同步的开普勒第三定律一般式．行星运行的目前状态，是其历史演化动态过程的当前形态．通过与天体演化同步的开普勒第三定律一般式的理论建模，解释了开普勒第三定律的物理意义，实现了太阳系行星轨道演化的可追溯性，及其未来的可预测性．
Celestial mechanics: Fresh solutions to the four-body problem
Hamilton, Douglas P.
2016-05-01
Describing the motion of three or more bodies under the influence of gravity is one of the toughest problems in astronomy. The report of solutions to a large subclass of the four-body problem is truly remarkable.
Post-Newtonian celestial mechanics in scalar-tensor cosmology
Galiautdinov, Andrei
2016-01-01
Applying the recently developed dynamical perturbation formalism on cosmological background to scalar-tensor theory, we provide a solid theoretical basis and a rigorous justification for phenomenological models of orbital dynamics that are currently used to interpret experimental measurements of the time-dependent gravitational constant. We derive the field equations for the scalar-tensor perturbations and study their gauge freedom associated with the cosmological expansion. We find a new gauge eliminating a prohibitive number of gauge modes in the field equations and significantly simplifying post-Newtonian equations of motion for localized astronomical systems in the universe with time-dependent gravitational constant. We find several new post-Newtonian terms and calculate their effect on secular cosmological evolution of the osculating orbital elements.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTROMETRY AND CELESTIAL MECHANICS: A PROPOSED SYLLABUS
William van Altena
2008-01-01
Full Text Available Si hemos de aprovechar la astrometría con precisión de micro segundos de arco que nos ofrecerán las nuevas técnicas de observación, debemos reformular nuestros estudios sobre sistemas de referencia y ecuaciones de movimiento en el contexto de la relatividad especial y general. También debemos desarrollar métodos más avanzados para el análisis estadístico de los datos y para la calibración de los instrumentos. En consecuencia, tenemos que revisar drásticamente los planes de estudio para adecuarlos a las necesidades de los estudiantes del siglo 21. Para ello, hemos desarrollado el programa de estudios para un curso introductorio de un semestre en Astrometría y Mecánica Celeste. El curso proporciona una introducción moderna y amplia a casi todos los temas de nuestro campo, y forma una base de conocimientos a partir de la cual el estudiante podrá elegir áreas para el estudio individual o para seguir cursos avanzados en centros especializados.
The GAOUA series of compiled celestial reference frames
Molotaj, O.; Tel'Nyuk-Adamchuk, V.; Yatskiv, Ya.
2000-09-01
The GAOUA series of compiled celestial reference frames is obtained by using the original Kyiv arc length approach for combination of initial RSC solutions which are yearly submitted to the IERS CB by various VLBI Analysis Centers. The presentation is concerned with an analysis of accuracies of these individual and combined solutions and that of the ICRF.
Arrival Directions of UHECR on the Celestial Sphere
The arrival directions of ultrahigh energy extensive air showers (EAS) by Yakutsk, AGASA, P. Auger array data are analyzed. For the first time, the maps of equal exposition of celestial sphere for the distribution of particles by AGASA and P. Auger arrays data have been constructed. The large-scale anisotropy of cosmic particles at E >4.1019 eV by Yakutsk, AGASA and P. Auger array data has been detected. The problem of cosmic particle origin is discussed. (authors)
The IAA Cosmic Study 'Protecting the Environment of Celestial Bodies'
Rettberg, Petra; Hofmann, Mahulena; Williamson, Mark
The study group tasked with producing this International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) `Cosmic Study' on Protecting the Environment of Celestial Bodies was formed under the aus-pices of IAA Commission V (Space Policy, Law Economy). The members of the international, multidisciplinary team assembled to undertake the Study accept, as a premise, the Planetary Protection Policy guidelines developed by COSPAR, which differentiate the degree of protec-tion according to the type of space activity and the celestial body under investigation (such that fly-by missions have less stringent requirements than lander missions, while Mars is `better protected' than the Moon). However, this Study goes deliberately beyond the interpretation of `Planetary Protection' as a set of methods for protecting the planets from biological con-tamination and extends consideration to the geophysical, industrial and cultural realms. The Study concludes that, from the perspective of current and future activities in outer space, present measures aimed at protecting the space environment are insufficient. Deficiencies in-clude a lack of suitable in-situ methods of chemical and biological detection and the absence of a systematic record of radioactive contaminants. Other issues identified by the Study include an insufficient legal framework, a shortage of effective economic tools and a lack of political will to address these concerns. It is expected that new detection methods under development, and the resultant increase in microbiological knowledge of the planetary surfaces, will lead to changes in the COSPAR planetary protection guidelines and bioburden limits. It is important, however, that any new approaches should not hamper future exploration and exploitation of celestial bodies more than absolutely necessary. The Study addresses the need to find a balance between protection and freedom of action. From a legal perspective, the Study concludes that a general consensus on protection of the
improvements in the fields of astrometry, celestial mechanics, geodynamics, geodesy, etc. Of special interest are the improvements in the model for variations in Earth's rotation, which, in turn, can provide better knowledge of the dynamics of the Earth's interior. These have also contributed to a significant improvement in the accuracy of the ephemerides of the solar system bodies as determined from modern measurements, with a large number of scientific applications. This paper recalls the main aspects of the recent IAU resolutions on reference systems as well as their consequences on the concepts, definitions, nomenclature and models that are suitable for the definition, realization and transformation of reference frames at a microarcsecond level.
Nicole Capitaine
2012-01-01
of astrometry,celestial mechanics,geodynamics,geodesy,etc.Of special interest are the improvements in the model for variations in Earth's rotation,which,in turn,can provide better knowledge of the dynamics of the Earth's interior.These have also contributed to a significant improvement in the accuracy of the ephemerides of the solar system bodies as determined from modern measurements,with a large number of scientific applications.This paper recalls the main aspects of the recent IAU resolutions on reference systems as well as their consequences on the concepts,definitions,nomenclature and models that are suitable for the definition,realization and transformation of reference frames at a microarcsecond level.
Stability study of realization of the celestial reference frame
Yatskiv, Ya. S.; Bolotin, S. L.; Kur'yanova, A. N.
2004-09-01
We present a short overview of the activity of the IERS as well as the Main Astronomical Observatory (MAO) of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for maintenance and extention of the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF). Special attention is given to the time stabilities of positions of radio sources (RS) and to the selection of a subset of RS to be used for maintenance of the ICRF. It is shown that seven RS qualified by the IERS as defining sources are unstable.
Celestial reference frame RSC (GAOUA) 98 C 01.
Molotaj, O. A.; Tel'Nyuk-Adamchuk, V. V.; Yatskiv, Ya. S.
The celestial reference frame RSC (GAOUA) 98 C 01 was constructed by applying the Kiev arc method to five initial frames submitted to the IERS during 1997. The frame comprises positions of 631 radio sources. The frame axes are aligned to those of the ICRF with an accuracy of 0.02 mas using all 212 defining common radio sources. The internal standard errors of right ascension and declination for the defining sources are equal to 0.11 and 0.13 mas, respectively. Results of intercomparison between the ICRF, five initial frames, and the compiled frame are discussed.
The Power of Stars How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization
Penprase, Bryan E
2011-01-01
What are some of the connections that bind us to the stars? How have these connections been established? And how have people all around the world and throughout time reacted to the night sky, the sun and moon, in their poetry, mythology, rituals, and temples? This book explores the influence of the sky on both ancient and modern civilization, by providing a clear overview of the many ways in which humans have used the stars as an ordering principle in their cultures, and which today still inspire us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The book explores constellation lore from around the world, celestial alignments of monuments and temples, both from ancient and modern civilizations, and the role the sky has played in the cultures of the Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Native American, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca. Models of the universe from each of these cultures are described clearly, and each culture’s explanation of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects are described. The roots of as...
Surface Motion Relative to the Irregular Celestial Bodies
Jiang, Yu; Baoyin, Hexi
2016-01-01
We study the motion and equilibria of the grains on the surface of the irregular celestial body (hereafter called irregular bodies). Motions for the grains on the smooth and unsmooth surfaces are discussed, respectively. The linearized equations of motion relative to a surface equilibrium point and its characteristic equations are presented. Considering the stick-slip effect, the damping forces and the spring forces for the grain are calculated, then the linearized equations of motion and the characteristic equations relative to the surface equilibrium points are derived. The number of non-degenerate surface equilibria is an even number. We compute the motion of a grain released above three different regions relative to the irregular asteroid 6489 Golevka, including the flat surface, the concave region, and the convex region. Following the grain release and initial bounce, three kinds of motions exist, the orbital motion, the impact motion and the surface motion. We find that the maximum height of the next ho...
Incontri celesti, vita del padre Clavio in cinque atti
Sigismondi, Costantino
2011-01-01
The year 2012 will be the fourth centennial year of the Jesuit Christopher Clavius (1535-1612), known as the Euclid of XVI century and the collaborator of the Pope Gregory XIII for the calendar reformation. In the occasion of the year of astronomy I wrote a short theatre pi\\`ece "Celestial encounters" dedicated to the life of Ft. Clavius. He observed two total eclipses from centreline in 1560 in Coimbra and in 1567 in Rome, a fact which is remarkable even for contemporary astronomers. The story is developed around those trips: scientific and religious motivations are put in evidence with historical and fantasy, but realistic, facts. An interregional project between Switzerland and Italy, dedicated to the development of high resolution CMOS camera for astronomy and medical sciences has been entitled to Clavius and will produce high resolution measurements of solar diameter.
The Pleiades: the celestial herd of ancient timekeepers
Sparavigna, Amelia
2008-01-01
In the ancient Egypt seven goddesses, represented by seven cows, composed the celestial herd that provides the nourishment to her worshippers. This herd is observed in the sky as a group of stars, the Pleiades, close to Aldebaran, the main star in the Taurus constellation. For many ancient populations, Pleiades were relevant stars and their rising was marked as a special time of the year. In this paper, we will discuss the presence of these stars in ancient cultures. Moreover, we will report some results of archeoastronomy on the role for timekeeping of these stars, results which show that for hunter-gatherers at Palaeolithic times, they were linked to the seasonal cycles of aurochs.
Celestial Navigation in the USA, Fiji, and Tunisia
Holbrook, Jarita C.
2015-05-01
Today there are many coastal communities that are home to navigators who use stars for position finding at night; I was, however, unaware of this fact when I began researching celestial navigation practices in 1997. My project focused on three communities: the Moce Islanders of Fiji, the Kerkennah Islanders in Tunisia, and the U.S. Navy officers and students at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. My goal was to answer the question of why people continue to navigate by the stars, but also to understand the role of technology in their navigation practices. Using anthropology techniques of ethnography including participant observation, formal and informal interviews, audio and videotaping, I gathered data over five years at the three communities. I began by learning the details of how they use the stars for navigation. Next, I learned about who did the navigation and where they learned to navigate. I gathered opinions on various navigation aids and instruments, and opinions about the future of using the stars for navigation. I listened to the stories that they told about navigating. In the United States I worked in English, in Fiji, in Fijian and English, and in Tunisia, French and English. For the formal interviews I worked with translators. The navigators use stars for navigating today but the future of their techniques is not certain. Though practiced today, these celestial navigation traditions have undergone and continue to undergo changes. New navigational technologies are part of the stimulation for change, thus 'a meeting of different worlds' is symbolized by peoples encounters with these technologies.
On transformation between international celestial and terrestrial reference systems
Bretagnon, P.; Brumberg, V. A.
2003-09-01
Based on the current IAU hierarchy of the relativistic reference systems, practical formulae for the transformation between barycentric (BCRS) and geocentric (GCRS) celestial reference systems are derived. BCRS is used to refer to ICRS, International Celestial Reference System. This transformation is given in four versions, dependent on the time arguments used for BCRS (TCB or TDB) and for GCRS (TCG or TT). All quantities involved in these formulae have been tabulated with the use of the VSOP theories (IMCCE theories of motion of the major planets). In particular, these formulae may be applied to account for the indirect relativistic third-body perturbations in motion of Earth's satellites and Earth's rotation problem. We propose to use the SMART theory (IMCCE theory of Earth's rotation) in constructing the Newtonian three-dimensional spatial rotation transformation between GCRS and ITRS, the International Terrestrial Reference System. This transformation is compared with two other versions involving extra angular variables currently used by IERS, the International Earth Rotation Service. It is shown that the comparison of these three forms of the same transformation may be greatly simplified by using the proposed composite rotation formula. Tables 1-20 of Appendix B containing the initial terms of the VSOP-based series for the BCRSGCRS transformation are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/408/387. The work on ICRSGCRS transformation with the use of VSOP theories was done in February-March 2002 during the stay of the second author in IMCCE. The authors hoped to complete the second part concerning GCRSITRS transformation with the use of SMART theory in September 2002 during the visit of the first author to IAA. The grave disease of Pierre Bretagnon which tragically resulted in his death on November 17, 2002, did not permit us to complete this work
Numeric calculation of celestial bodies with spreadsheet analysis
Koch, Alexander
2016-04-01
The motion of the planets and moons in our solar system can easily be calculated for any time by the Kepler laws of planetary motion. The Kepler laws are a special case of the gravitational law of Newton, especially if you consider more than two celestial bodies. Therefore it is more basic to calculate the motion by using the gravitational law. But the problem is, that by gravitational law it is not possible to calculate the state of motion with only one step of calculation. The motion has to be numerical calculated for many time intervalls. For this reason, spreadsheet analysis is helpful for students. Skills in programmes like Excel, Calc or Gnumeric are important in professional life and can easily be learnt by students. These programmes can help to calculate the complex motions with many intervalls. The more intervalls are used, the more exact are the calculated orbits. The sutdents will first get a quick course in Excel. After that they calculate with instructions the 2-D-coordinates of the orbits of Moon and Mars. Step by step the students are coding the formulae for calculating physical parameters like coordinates, force, acceleration and velocity. The project is limited to 4 weeks or 8 lessons. So the calcualtion will only include the calculation of one body around the central mass like Earth or Sun. The three-body problem can only be shortly discussed at the end of the project.
Transit of Venus Culture: A Celestial Phenomenon Intrigues the Public
Bueter, Chuck
2012-01-01
When Jeremiah Horrocks first observed it in 1639, the transit of Venus was a desirable telescopic target because of its scientific value. By the next transit of Venus in 1761, though, the enlightened public also embraced it as a popular celestial phenomenon. Its stature elevated over the centuries, the transit of Venus has been featured in music, poetry, stamps, plays, books, and art. The June 2004 transit emerged as a surprising global sensation, as suggested by the search queries it generated. Google's Zeitgeist deemed Venus Transit to be the #1 Most Popular Event in the world for that month. New priorities, technologies, and media have brought new audiences to the rare alignment. As the 2012 transit of Venus approaches, the trend continues with publicly accessible capabilities that did not exist only eight years prior. For example, sites from which historic observations have been made are plotted and readily available on Google Earth. A transit of Venus phone app in development will, if fully funded, facilitate a global effort to recreate historic expeditions by allowing smartphone users to submit their observed transit timings to a database for quantifying the Astronomical Unit. While maintaining relevance in modern scientific applications, the transit of Venus has emerged as a cultural attraction that briefly intrigues the mainstream public and inspires their active participation in the spectacle.
Interaction Between the Celestial and the Terrestrial Reference Frames
Gordon, David; MacMillan, Dan; Bolotin, Sergei; Le Bail, Karine; Gipson, John; Ma, Chopo
2010-01-01
Effects of International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF2) on the Terrestrial Reference Frames (TRF), CRF and EOP's, The ICRF2 became official on Jan. 1, 2010. It includes positions of 3414 compact radio astronomical sources observed with VLBI, a fivefold increase from the first ICRF. Numerous new VLBI models were used and the most unstable sources were treated as arc parameters to avoid distortions of the frame. The ICRF2 has a noise floor of 40 micro-arc-seconds and an axis stability of 10 micro-arc-seconds. It was aligned with the ICRS using 138 stable sources common to ICRF2 and ICRF-Ext2. Maintenance of ICRF2 is to be made using 295 defining sources chosen for their historical positional stability, minimal source structure, and sky distribution. Their stability and their more uniform sky distribution eliminate the two largest weaknesses of ICRF I. The switchover to ICRF2 has some small effects on the TRF, CRF and Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP). A CRF based on ICRF2 shows a relative rotation of 40 micro-arc-seconds, mostly about the Y-axis. Small shifts are also seen in the EOP's, the largest being 11 micro-arc-seconds in X-pole. Some small but insignificant differences are also seen in the TRF. These results will be presented and discussed.
X/Ka Celestial Frame Improvements: Vision to Reality
Jacobs, C. S.; Bagri, D. S.; Britcliffe, M. J.; Clark, J. E.; Franco, M. M.; Garcia-Miro, C.; Goodhart, C. E.; Horiuchi, S.; Lowe, S. T.; Moll, V. E.; Navarro, R.; Rogstad, S. P.; Proctor, R. C.; Sigman, E. H.; Skjerve, L. J.; Soriano, M. A.; Sovers, O. J.; Tucker, B. C.; Wang, D.; White, L. A.
2010-01-01
In order to extend the International Celestial Reference Frame from its S/X-band (2.3/8.4 GHz) basis to a complementary frame at X/Ka-band (8.4/32 GHz), we began in mid-2005 an ongoing series of X/Ka observations using NASA s Deep Space Network (DSN) radio telescopes. Over the course of 47 sessions, we have detected 351 extra-galactic radio sources covering the full 24 hours of right ascension and declinations down to -45 degrees. Angular source position accuracy is at the part-per-billion level. We developed an error budget which shows that the main errors arise from limited sensitivity, mismodeling of the troposphere, uncalibrated instrumental effects, and the lack of a southern baseline. Recent work has improved sensitivity by improving pointing calibrations and by increasing the data rate four-fold. Troposphere calibration has been demonstrated at the mm-level. Construction of instrumental phase calibrators and new digital baseband filtering electronics began in recent months. We will discuss the expected effect of these improvements on the X/Ka frame.
Urban, Sean E.
2015-08-01
Astronomy is often called a "gateway" science because it inspires appreciation and awe among children and non-scientists. Applied astronomy, with practical, real-world applications, can entice even the most utilitarian people to take notice and learn about the subject. Traditional celestial navigation is an astronomy topic that captures the attention of the public. The U.S. Naval Observatory has led the development of a publicly available online celestial navigation educational module titled, "Principles of Celestial Navigation". It can be used world-wide to introduce people to astronomy. This poster describes some of the aspects of this teaching module.
Dynamics of a Tether System Connected to an Irregularly Shaped Celestial Body
Jalali Mashayekhi, Mohammad; K. Misra, Arun; Keshmiri, Mehdi
2016-04-01
The problem of pendular oscillations of a tether attached to an irregularly shaped celestial body is studied in this paper. The dynamic analysis of the system is performed by examining the phase plane trajectories. The effect of the tether length as well as the higher order terms in the gravitational potential of the celestial body on the tether dynamics is investigated. It is demonstrated that consideration of the finite size of the celestial body can have significant effects on the tether dynamics, while the effect of the asphericity of the celestial body on the tether dynamics is negligible. This study is of practical relevance for asteroid deflection using tethers, as well as for the development of space elevators on small planets/moons.
On the nomenclature of celestial objects - not to build the Tower of Babel.
Nishimura, S.
In order to accumulate and retrieve data relating to celestial objects, it is essential to designate names of objects correctly. The recommendation by the IAU Working Group on the Nomenclature is described.
Advanced Spacecraft Navigation and Timing Using Celestial Gamma-Ray Sources Project
National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed novel program will use measurements of the high-energy photon output from gamma-ray celestial sources to design a new, unique navigation system. This...
The Inner Meaning of Outer Space: Human Nature and the Celestial Realm
Hubbard, Timothy L.
2008-01-01
Kant argued that humans possess a priori knowledge of space; although his argument focused on a physics of bodies, it also has implications for a psychology of beings. Many human cultures organize stars in the night sky into constellations (i.e., impose structure); attribute properties, behaviors, and abilities to objects in the celestial realm (i.e., impose meaning); and use perceived regularity in the celestial realms in development of calendars, long-range navigation, agriculture, and astr...
With the development of space missions, especially manned space missions, a reliable and secure navigation system, and assured autonomous capability in case of emergencies in space, is needed. In order to compensate for the insufficiency of ground station tracking and control, a new autonomous celestial/Doppler-integrated navigation method for a spacecraft is proposed. Celestial navigation is a fully autonomous navigation method, but in some situations the navigation accuracy of this method is subject to the inaccuracies of the measuring devices. Doppler navigation can serve as a good complement to celestial navigation. Because both the state and the measurement models of a celestial/Doppler- integrated navigation system are nonlinear and non-Gaussian, the unscented particle filter (UPF) based information fusion method is proposed here to fuse the position signals from the celestial navigation and Doppler navigation subsystems, and to enhance the navigation accuracy. The performance of this new method is tested and examined using actual spacecraft-orbit data. Simulations show that the position and velocity accuracies are estimated to within 300 m and 0.5 m s−1 respectively, which demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of this method. Moreover, it can be used as a backup system to provide redundancy
The Inner Meaning of Outer Space: Human Nature and the Celestial Realm
Timothy L. Hubbard
2008-06-01
Full Text Available Kant argued that humans possess a priori knowledge of space; although his argument focused on a physics of bodies, it also has implications for a psychology of beings. Many human cultures organize stars in the night sky into constellations (i.e., impose structure; attribute properties, behaviors, and abilities to objects in the celestial realm (i.e., impose meaning; and use perceived regularity in the celestial realms in development of calendars, long-range navigation, agriculture, and astrology (i.e., seek predictability and control. The physical inaccessibility of the celestial realm allows a potent source of metaphor, and also allows projection of myths regarding origin and ascension, places of power, and dwelling places of gods, immortals, and other souls. Developments in astronomy and cosmology infl uenced views of human nature and the place of humanity in the universe, and these changes parallel declines in egocentrism with human development. Views regarding alleged beings (e.g., angels, extraterrestrials from the celestial realm (and to how communicate with such beings are anthropocentric and ignore evolutionary factors in physical and cognitive development. It is suggested that in considering views and uses of the celestial realm, we learn not just about the universe, but also about ourselves. *
Forecasting scenarios of collision catastrophes produced by celestial body falls
Shor, V.; Kochetova, O.; Chernetenko, Y.; Zheleznov, N.; Deryugin, V.; Zaitsev, A.
2014-07-01
The subject under discussion arose in the course of developing a computer program, which gives the possibility for numerical and graphical modeling of the scenarios of catastrophes caused by collisions of cosmic bodies with the Earth. It is expected that this program can be used for computer-assisted training of the personnel of units of the Ministry for Emergency Situations in the case of a situation caused by the fall of a celestial body on the Earth. Also, it is anticipated that the program can be used in real situations when a dangerous body is discovered on an orbit leading to an imminent collision with the Earth. From the scientific point of view, both variants of use require solving of analogous tasks. In what follows, we discuss both variants. 1. The computation of the circumstances for a fall on the Earth (or approach within short distance) of a real body begins with the determination of its orbit from the observations available using the least-squares method. The mean square error of the representation of the observations on the base of the initial values of the coordinates and the velocities is computed, as well as their covariance matrix. Then, the trajectory of the body's motion is followed by numerical integration starting from the osculating epoch to the collision with the Earth or to its flyby. The computer program takes into account the various cases: at the initial moment, the body can move away from or approach the Earth, it can be outside the sphere of action or inside it. At the moment, when the body enters the sphere of action, the coordinates of the center of the dispersion ellipse on the target plane are computed as well as the dimensions of its axes. Using these data, the probability of collision with the Earth is calculated. Then, the point of penetration of the body into the Earth's atmosphere at a given height above the level of the Earth geoid is determined. In case the body is passing by the Earth, the minimum distance of the body from
Illustrating the phaenomena celestial cartography in antiquity and the Middle Ages
Dekker, Elly
2013-01-01
In this volume all extant celestial maps and globes made before 1500 are described and analysed. It also discusses the astronomical sources involved in making these artefacts in antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Islamic world and the European Renaissance before 1500.
The arrival direction of (4/3)e-lepton candidates in celestial coordinates
A cosmic-ray counter telescope (OKAYAMA telescope) has been operated at several zenith angles at sea level. Several millions of clean single events have been analysed. About thirty candidates of (4/3)e charged leptons were found at around 40 zenith angles. The distribution of the arrival directions of these candidates in the celestial sphere was found to be anisotropic
The Gravitational Effects of a Celestial Body with Magnetic Charge and Moment
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2001-01-01
The gravitational effects (precession of charge-less particles and deflection of light) in the gravitational field of a celestial body with magnetic charge and moment (CM)are investigated. We found that the magnetic charge always weakens the pure Schwarzschild effects, while the magnetic dipole moment deforms the effects in a more complicated way.
Rotating space elevators: Physics of celestial scale spinning strings
Knudsen, Steven; Golubović, Leonardo
2014-11-01
We explore classical and statistical mechanics of a novel dynamical system, the Rotating Space Elevator (RSE) (L. Golubović, S. Knudsen, EPL 86, 34001 (2009)). The RSE is a double rotating floppy string reaching extraterrestrial locations. Objects sliding along the RSE string (climbers) do not require internal engines or propulsion to be transported far away from the Earth's surface. The RSE thus solves a major problem in space elevator science, which is how to supply energy to the climbers moving along space elevator strings. The RSE can be made in various shapes that are stabilized by an approximate equilibrium between the gravitational and inertial forces acting in a double rotating frame associated with the RSE. This dynamical equilibrium is achieved by a special ("magical") form of the RSE mass line density derived in this paper. The RSE exhibits a variety of interesting dynamical phenomena explored here by numerical simulations. Thanks to its special design, the RSE exhibits everlasting double rotating motion. Under some conditions, however, we find that the RSE may undergo a morphological transition to a chaotic state reminiscent of fluctuating directed polymers in the realm of the statistical physics of strings and membranes.
IN-FLIGHT ALIGNMENT OF INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM BY CELESTIAL OBSERVATION TECHNIQUE
ALlJamshaid; FANGJian-cheng
2005-01-01
This paper presents an in-flight alignment technique for a strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS) and employs a star pattern recognition procedure for identifying stars sensed by a CCD electrooptical star sensor.Collinearity equations are used to estimate sensor frame star coordinates and the conventional least square differential correction method is used to estimate the unknown orientation angles. A comparison of this attitude with the attitude estimated by the SINS provides axis misalignment angles. Simulations using a Kalman filter are carried out for an SINS and the system employs a local level navigation frame. The space stabilized SINS is discussed in conjunction with the celestial aiding. Based on the observation of the Kalman filter, the estimating and compensating gyro errors, as well as the position and velocity errors caused by the SINS misalignments are calibrated by celestial attitute information.
Kaluza-Klein bubble like structure and celestial sphere in inflationary universe
Shiromizu, T; Uchida, Y; Mukohyama, S; Shiromizu, Tetsuya; Tomizawa, Shinya; Uchida, Yuki; Mukohyama, Shinji
2004-01-01
We consider five dimensional deSitter spacetimes with a deficit angle due to the presence of a closed 2-brane and identify one dimension as an extra dimension. From the four dimensional viewpoint we can see that the spacetime has a structure similar to a Kaluza-Klein bubble of nothing, that is, four dimensional spacetime ends at the 2-brane. Since a spatial section of the full deSitter spacetime has the topology of a sphere, the boundary surface surrounds the remaining four dimensional spacetime, and can be considered as the celestial sphere. After the spacetime is created from nothing via an instanton which we describe, some four dimensional observers in it see the celestial sphere falling down, and will be in contact with a 2-brane attached on it.
[The celestial phenomena in A. Dürer's engraving Melancholia I].
Weitzel, Hans
2009-01-01
The celestial body of Dürer's engraving Melencolia I is connected with his painting of a meteor, the Raveningham-painting; it is shown that the origin of this painting owns to the impact of the meteor of Ensisheim in 1492. Until now the celestial body, the balance, and the magic square are nearly consistently interpreted as the planet Saturn, the zodiac sign Libra, and the planet Jupiter, and the melancholy woman is subject to these heavenly bodies. Consequently, neoplatonic astrology has been the main focus of the engraving; including the rainbow, the engraving has also been interpreted biblically. The present paper, however, places emphasis on problems of the geometry as the reason of melancholy. Any astronomical meaning of the configuration of the numbers of the magic square is discarded. PMID:20336927
Teaching Celestial Motions in Astronomy 101 using the Digital Fulldome Planetarium Environment
Balonek, Thomas J.; Eakin, J.
2012-01-01
We utilize the immersive fulldome digital planetarium capabilities of the Colgate University Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory (VisLab) in introductory astronomy courses to teach students about observable celestial motions. We are developing demonstrations and exercises in which students conduct realistic "observations" in the VisLab that complement observations that they make outside on clear nights. From these observations students determine the characteristics and time scales of motions of the various solar system objects. Using the VisLab it is possible for the students to observe the daily, monthly, annual and peculiar motions of the stars, Sun, Moon and planets that they would otherwise be unable to witness during the semester. Our "observation first" approach is to have students observe the various cycles of the sky early in the semester, and later explain the reasons for these motions when they learn about the historical developments in our understanding of the celestial motions.
Bartha, Lajos
Around 1480 the Dominican astronomer and instrument maker Hans Dorn in Castle Buda (Budapest) built a copper celestial globe. This globe is a composite instrument, suited to mark the position of celestial bodies - - i.e. comets, planets, etc. - directly on the star-globe, and to locate the stars represented on the globe in the sky. The globe has a diameter of 39.5 cm and gives the fixed stars according to Ptolemy. The main circles are set in for the celestial equator and ecliptic. On the top of the vertical meridian circle (divided into 4 x 90^o) is a planispheric astrolabe on a strong perpendicular axis. On the reverse side of the astrolabe the altitude arcs can be set by a diopter. Two quadrants with arc-scales protrude downward in horseshoe shape, parallel to the globe, from the bottom of the astrolabe. The divided quadrants parallel to the disk of the astrolabe point to the horizontal 'calendar' disk of the globe and can be turned with the astrolabe to indicate the azimuth. When the globe is adjusted to a given instant of time, the position of a celestial body can be determined by turning the astrolabe and the diopter to the object. The quadrant then shows - with the 'calendar' disk and the quadrant's graduation seen parallel to the mater - the position on the globe either for a planet, a comet, or even a fixed star. Both globe and astrolabe enable one to fix the position of the heavenly bodies directly without the necessity of coordinate transformation. Father Dorn (Saxonia, ca.1425 - Vienna, after 1509) built the combined `analogue computer globe' for the court astrologer of the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus, magister Martinus Olkusz z Bylica (also called Martinus Ilkusz). Today the globe is in the Museum of Collegium Maius at Cracow.
Titov, O.; Stanford, Laura M. [Geoscience Australia, P.O. Box 378, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Johnston, Helen M.; Hunstead, Richard W. [Sydney Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Pursimo, T. [Nordic Optical Telescope, Nordic Optical Telescope Apartado 474E-38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Jauncey, David L. [CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, ATNF and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2611 (Australia); Maslennikov, K. [Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo, Pulkovskoye Shosse, 65/1, 196140, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Boldycheva, A., E-mail: oleg.titov@ga.gov.au [Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, 26 Polytekhnicheskaya, St. Petersburg, 194021 (Russian Federation)
2013-07-01
Continuing our program of spectroscopic observations of International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF) sources, we present redshifts for 120 quasars and radio galaxies. Data were obtained with five telescopes: the 3.58 m European Southern Observatory New Technology Telescope, the two 8.2 m Gemini telescopes, the 2.5 m Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT), and the 6.0 m Big Azimuthal Telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Russia. The targets were selected from the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry candidate International Celestial Reference Catalog which forms part of an observational very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) program to strengthen the celestial reference frame. We obtained spectra of the potential optical counterparts of more than 150 compact flat-spectrum radio sources, and measured redshifts of 120 emission-line objects, together with 19 BL Lac objects. These identifications add significantly to the precise radio-optical frame tie to be undertaken by Gaia, due to be launched in 2013, and to the existing data available for analyzing source proper motions over the celestial sphere. We show that the distribution of redshifts for ICRF sources is consistent with the much larger sample drawn from Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty cm (FIRST) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey, implying that the ultra-compact VLBI sources are not distinguished from the overall radio-loud quasar population. In addition, we obtained NOT spectra for five radio sources from the FIRST and NRAO VLA Sky Survey catalogs, selected on the basis of their red colors, which yielded three quasars with z > 4.
From Celestial Empire to Nation State: Sport and the Origins of Chinese Nationalism (1840–1927)
Zhouxiang, Lu
2010-01-01
The history of the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic clearly showed the close relationship between sport, nationalism and politics, and reflected the changes in Chinese society and Chinese people’s view of their identity as well as their way of thinking. Sport had a great importance, not only for the construction of Chinese nationalism and national consciousness, but also for the eventual transformation of China from a celestial empire into a modern nation state. It play...
Thejll, P.; Gleisner, H.; Flynn, C.
2015-01-01
Aims: We consider the influence of celestial-sphere brightness on determinations of terrestrial albedo from earthshine intensity measurements. In particular, the contributions from zodiacal light and starlight are considered. Methods: Using published data for the zodiacal light (ZL) and stellar brightness distribution across the sky, we calculate the expected contribution to the sky at the position of the Moon in typical earthshine observations, and the magnitude relative to typical earthshine intensities. We derive terrestrial albedo with and without the ZL correction in order to gauge the magnitude of the effect. Results: We find that celestial-sphere surface brightness can be so large that a considerable and unacceptable error level would have an impact on half of typical earthshine-based albedo-determinations if left unaccounted for. Considering the empirical uncertainty on ZL, we show that almost all our earthshine data can be used if a sky correction is made. In real observations we find up to a 1% effect on albedo results of correcting for the celestial brightness. Conclusions: Correction for ZL and starlight brightness is essential to earthshine measurements if climate-science relevant levels of terrestrial albedo accuracy are to be achieved, something that has not yet been realized. With ZL and starlight corrections the earthshine method can potentially yield accurate terrestrial albedo values.
The Hands of the Pleiades: The Celestial Clock in the Classical Arabic Poetry of Dhū al-Rumma
Adams, W. B.
2011-06-01
In the desert poetry of Dhū al-Rumma (d. 117 AH/735 CE), astronomical phenomena sometimes function as familiar celestial timepieces that indicate the poetic timeframe literally and accurately. The literary, lexical, floral and astronomical analyses of a selection from this poetry illustrate the role of the Pleiades star cluster as a celestial clock and illuminate the utility of naked-eye astronomy in interpreting Arabic poetry of the early Islamic period.
Ferronsky, V I; Ferronsky, S V
2011-01-01
In their approach to Earth dynamics the authors consider the fundamentals of Jacobi Dynamics (1987, Reidel) for two reasons. First, because satellite observations have proved that the Earth does not stay in hydrostatic equilibrium, which is the physical basis of today’s treatment of geodynamics. And secondly, because satellite data have revealed a relationship between gravitational moments and the potential of the Earth’s outer force field (potential energy), which is the basis of Jacobi Dynamics. This has also enabled the authors to come back to the derivation of the classical virial theorem and, after introducing the volumetric forces and moments, to obtain a generalized virial theorem in the form of Jacobi’s equation. Thus a physical explanation and rigorous solution was found for the famous Jacobi’s equation, where the measure of the matter interaction is the energy. The main dynamical effects which become understandable by that solution can be summarized as follows: • the kinetic energy of osci...
Quaternion regularization in celestial mechanics, astrodynamics, and trajectory motion control. III
Chelnokov, Yu. N.
2015-09-01
The present paper1 analyzes the basic problems arising in the solution of problems of the optimum control of spacecraft (SC) trajectory motion (including the Lyapunov instability of solutions of conjugate equations) using the principle of the maximum. The use of quaternion models of astrodynamics is shown to allow: (1) the elimination of singular points in the differential phase and conjugate equations and in their partial analytical solutions; (2) construction of the first integrals of the new quaternion; (3) a considerable decrease of the dimensions of systems of differential equations of boundary value optimization problems with their simultaneous simplification by using the new quaternion variables related with quaternion constants of motion by rotation transformations; (4) construction of general solutions of differential equations for phase and conjugate variables on the sections of SC passive motion in the simplest and most convenient form, which is important for the solution of optimum pulse SC transfers; (5) the extension of the possibilities of the analytical investigation of differential equations of boundary value problems with the purpose of identifying the basic laws of optimum control and motion of SC; (6) improvement of the computational stability of the solution of boundary value problems; (7) a decrease in the required volume of computation.
Longaretti, Pierre-Yves
2016-01-01
These 1992 lectures notes present a powerful formalism mostly developed in the 1980s by Borderies, Goldreich and Tremaine to address planetary ring dynamical issues. These notes make a special emphasis on ring microphysics, quantified with the help of the moments of the Boltzmann equation. They also focus on the standard self-gravity model of narrow ring rigid precession, and on the physics of linear and nonlinear density waves. These notes have been corrected but only very marginally extended and not updated. They are provided both as an introduction to the streamline formalism and as a complement on some technical issues for my upcoming review ("Theory of Narrow rings and Sharp Edges") that will cover the physics not addressed here along with more recent developments. This review will appear in the "Planetary Ring System" book (C. Murray and M. Tiscareno, eds.), to be published later on this year at Cambridge University Press.
Risk of Adverse Health and Performance Effects of Celestial Dust Exposure
Scully, Robert R.; Meyers, Valerie E.
2015-01-01
Crew members can be directly exposed to celestial dust in several ways. After crew members perform extravehicular activities (EVAs), they may introduce into the habitat dust that will have collected on spacesuits and boots. Cleaning of the suits between EVAs and changing of the Environmental Control Life Support System filters are other operations that could result in direct exposure to celestial dusts. In addition, if the spacesuits used in exploration missions abrade the skin, as current EVA suits have, then contact with these wounds would provide a source of exposure. Further, if celestial dusts gain access to a suit's interior, as was the case during the Apollo missions, the dust could serve as an additional source of abrasions or enhance suit-induced injuries. When a crew leaves the surface of a celestial body and returns to microgravity, the dust that is introduced into the return vehicle will "float," thus increasing the opportunity for ocular and respiratory injury. Because the features of the respirable fraction of lunar dusts indicate they could be toxic to humans, NASA conducted several studies utilizing lunar dust simulants and authentic lunar dust to determine the unique properties of lunar dust that affect physiology, assess the dermal and ocular irritancy of the dust, and establish a permissible exposure limit for episodic exposure to airborne lunar dust during missions that would involve no more than 6 months stay on the lunar surface. Studies, with authentic lunar soils from both highland (Apollo 16) and mare (Apollo17) regions demonstrated that the lunar soil is highly abrasive to a high fidelity model of human skin. Studies of lunar dust returned during the Apollo 14 mission from an area of the moon in which the soils were comprised of mineral constituents from both major geological regions (highlands and mares regions) demonstrated only minimal ocular irritancy, and pulmonary toxicity that was less than the highly toxic terrestrial crystalline
Using Time Zones and Celestial Navigation to Teach the Phases of the Moon
O'Donoghue, A.
2011-09-01
The phases of the moon are typically presented to introductory astronomy classes in a diagram showing the position of the moon, its appearance and elongation at each phase, and the time of each phase's transit. Though wonderfully compact and efficient at conveying information, I have found it to be overwhelming to non-science major students. Much of their difficulty arises from their vague definition of time, which must be broadened for them to understand the different rising, transit, and setting times for the phases of the moon. Working with time zones helps them recognize that the time on their watch is relative to a particular longitude and the transit of the sun at that longitude. Celestial Navigation extends this to the transit of all celestial objects and helps them re-define "time of day" to a position on Earth relative to the Earth-Sun line in a practical way. Once they understand why a given object transits at the same time for all time zones, extending this to the moon is much simpler. My students are quickly able to identify the transit times of the various phases of the moon, and with some additional instruction, quickly learn how to figure out their rising and setting times as well. On this poster, I will include images from PowerPoint animations and the student exercises I use to help them understand the concepts. Though I have too small a sample for statistical analysis (24 students/semester), I have found that student scores on moon phase questions on exams have improved since I incorporated time zones and celestial navigation into my course.
On a celestial occurrence recorded in the hagiography of St. Vladimir
Banjević, Boris
2002-04-01
There were recorded a number of celestial occurrences in Serbian early history. Amongst them are a few appearances of comets. One except from Bible bearing on life of king David, relating to a phenomenon that might be interpreted as a comet, is in some way similar to the quotation from the hagiography of St. Vladimir. There is possibility that Halley's comet was observed at some time. This affects the chronology of the reign of St. Vladimir by about 11 years. This author thinks that it was in the summer 989 AD.
Malkin, Z; Arias, F; Boboltz, D; Boehm, J; Bolotin, S; Bourda, G; Charlot, P; De Witt, A; Fey, A; Gaume, R; Heinkelmann, R; Lambert, S; Ma, C; Nothnagel, A; Seitz, M; Gordon, D; Skurikhina, E; Souchay, J; Titov, O
2015-01-01
The goal of this presentation is to report the latest progress in creation of the next generation of VLBI-based International Celestial Reference Frame, ICRF3. Two main directions of ICRF3 development are improvement of the S/X-band frame and extension of the ICRF to higher frequencies. Another important task of this work is the preparation for comparison of ICRF3 with the new generation optical frame GCRF expected by the end of the decade as a result of the Gaia mission.
Densification of the International Celestial Reference Frame: Results of EVN Observations
Charlot, P; Jacobs, C S; Ma, C; Sovers, O J; Baudry, A
2004-01-01
The current realization of the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF) comprises a total of 717 extragalactic radio sources distributed over the entire sky. An observing program has been developed to densify the ICRF in the northern sky using the European VLBI network (EVN) and other radio telescopes in Spitsbergen, Canada and USA. Altogether, 150 new sources selected from the Jodrell Bank-VLA Astrometric Survey were observed during three such EVN+ experiments conducted in 2000, 2002 and 2003. The sources were selected on the basis of their sky location in order to fill the "empty" regions of the frame. A secondary criterion was based on source compactness to limit structural effects in the astrometric measurements. All 150 new sources have been successfully detected and the precision of the estimated coordinates in right ascension and declination is better than 1 milliarcsecond (mas) for most of them. A comparison with the astrometric positions from the Very Long baseline Array Calibrator Survey for 1...
Signature of the celestial spheres discovering order in the solar system
Warm, Harmut
2010-01-01
"A milestone in modern research on the the harmony of the spheres." - Novalis magazine "This book reignites the debate on the harmony of the spheres." - Das Goetheanum Is the solar system ordered, or is it simply the result of random and chaotic accidents? This book takes us on a powerful and compelling journey of discovery, revealing the celestial spheres' astonishingly complex patterns. The movements of the planets are found to correspond accurately with simple geometric figures and musical intervals, pointing to an exciting new perspective on the ancient idea of a "harmony of the spheres". Hartmut Warm's detailed presentation incorporates the distances, velocities and periods of conjunction of the planets, as well as the rotations of the Sun, Moon and Venus. Numerous graphics - including colour plates - illustrate the extraordinary beauty of the geometrical forms that result when the movements of several planets are viewed in relation to one another. In addition, the author describes and analyses the conce...
Sokolova, Yulia
2014-01-01
In this study, we compared results of determination of the orientation angles between celestial reference frames realized by radio source position catalogues using three methods of accounting for correlation information: using the position errors only, using additionally the correlations be-tween the right ascension and declination (RA/DE correlations) reported in radio source position catalogues published in the IERS format, and using the full covariance matrix. The computations were performed with nine catalogues computed at eight analysis centres. Our analysis has shown that using the RA/DE correlations only slightly influences the computed rotational angles, whereas using the full correlation matrices leads to substantial change in the orientation parameters be-tween the compared catalogues.
The Lens-Thirring effect in the anomalistic period of celestial bodies
Haranas, Ioannis; Gkigkitzis, Ioannis
2013-01-01
In the weak field and slow motion approximation, the general relativistic field equations are linearized, resembling those of the electromagnetic theory. In a way analogous to that of a moving charge generating a magnetic field, a mass energy current can produce a gravitomagnetic field. In this contribution, the motion of a secondary celestial body is studied under the influence of the gravitomagnetic force generated by a spherical primary. More specifically, two equations are derived to approximate the periastron time rate of change and its total variation over one revolution (i.e., the difference between the anomalistic period and the Keplerian period). Kinematically, this influence results to an apsidal motion. The aforementioned quantities are numerically estimated for Mercury, the companion star of the pulsar PSR 1913 plus 16, the companion planet of the star HD 80606 and the artificial Earth satellite GRACE A. The case of the artificial Earth satellite GRACE A is also considered, but the results present...
On the implications of the Galactic aberration in proper motions for celestial reference frame
Malkin, Zinovy
2014-01-01
During the last years, much attention has been paid to the astrometric implications of the galactic aberration in proper motions (GA). This effect causes systematic errors in astrometric measurements at a microarcsecond level. Some authors consider it so serious that it requires redefinition of the celestial reference system (CRF). We argue that such attention to the GA is too much exaggerated. It is just a small astrometric correction that must be taken into account during highly accurate astrometric and geodetic data processing. The accuracy of this correction depends on accuracy of the Galactic rotation parameters and, for most application, on the accuracy of the rotation matrix between Galactic and equatorial systems. Our analysis has shown that our today knowledge of these two factors is sufficient to compute the GA correction with accuracy of better than 10%. The remaining effect at a level of few tenths microarcsecond/yr is negligible nowadays. Another consequence of introducing the GA correction is ne...
1971-01-01
The feasibility of using the Scanning Celestial Attitude Determination System (SCADS) during Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) missions to compute an accurate spacecraft attitude by use of stellar measurements is considered. The spacecraft is local-vertical-stabilized. A heuristic discussion of the SCADS concept is first given. Two concepts are introduced: a passive system which contains no moving parts, and an active system in which the reticle is caused to rotate about the sensor's axis. A quite complete development of the equations of attitude motions is then given. These equations are used to generate the true attitude which in turn is used to compute the transit times of detectable stars and to determine the errors associated with the SCADS attitude. A more complete discussion of the analytical foundation of SCADS concept and its use for the geometries particular to this study, as well as salient design parameters for the passive and active systems are included.
El origen de los rangos de la jerarquía celestial
Almirall Arnal, Juan
2013-01-01
[spa]"El origen de los rangos de la jerarquía celestial" es un estudio sobre las clasificaciones y ordenaciones de los rangos del intelecto divino inspiradas en el diálogo “Parménides” de Platón. Por tanto, no se trata de una obra teológica, sino de la influencia de la dialéctica de dicho diálogo en la teología, primero pagana y después cristiana. El presente estudio se enmarcaría en la disciplina denominada noética, que estudia los desarrollos del concepto de intelecto o “noûs” en la filosof...
SAS-2 observations of celestial diffuse gamma radiation above 30 MeV
Thompson, D. J.; Fichtel, C. E.; Kniffen, D. A.; Hartman, R. C.
1974-01-01
The small astronomy satellite, SAS-2, used a 32-deck magnetic core digitized spark chamber to study gamma rays with energies above 30 MeV. Data for four regions of the sky away from the galactic plane were analyzed. These regions show a finite, diffuse flux of gamma rays with a steep energy spectrum, and the flux is uniform over all the regions. Represented by a power law, the differential energy spectrum shows an index of 2.5 + or - 0.4. The steep SAS-2 spectrum and the lower energy data are reasonably consistent with a neutral pion gamma-ray spectrum which was red-shifted (such as that proposed by some cosmological theories). It is concluded that the diffuse celestial gamma ray spectrum observed presents the possibility of cosmological studies and possible evidence for a residual cosmic ray density, and supports the galactic superclusters of matter and antimatter remaining from baryon-symmetric big bang.
Observation of celestial high energy gamma rays from SAS-II
Fichtel, C. E.; Hartman, R. C.; Kniffen, D. A.
1974-01-01
The Small Astronomy Satellite (SAS)-II, launched on Nov. 15, 1973, carried into orbit a 32-deck magnetic-core digitized-spark-chamber gamma-ray telescope to study celestial gamma radiation in the energy range above 30 MeV. As of May 21, 1973, SAS-II had viewed approximately half the sky, including the galactic center region, the galactic anti-center, and several regions off the galactic plane, and about one-third of the data from eight weeks of viewing has been analyzed. A finite diffuse flux for regions with galactic latitudes greater than 20 deg has been detected with a very steep energy spectrum. Combining this result with low-energy gamma-ray data yields a picture suggesting a cosmological origin for this radiation.
International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF): mantenimiento y extensión
Ma, C.; Arias, E. F.; Eubanks, T.; Fey, A. L.; Gontier, A.-M.; Jacobs, C. S.; Sovers, O. J.; Archinal, B. A.; Charlot, P.
A partir de enero de 1998 el sistema de referencia celeste convencional está representado por el International Celestial Reference System (ICRS) y materializado a través de las coordenadas VLBI del conjunto de radiofuentes extragalácticas que conforman el International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF). La primera realización del ICRF, fue elaborada en 1995 por un grupo de expertos designado por la IAU, la que encomendó al International Earth Rotation Service el mantenimiento del ICRS, del ICRF y del vínculo con marcos de referencia en otras frecuencias. Una primera extensión del ICRF se realizó entre abril y junio de 1999, con el objetivo primario de proveer posiciones de radiofuentes extragalácticas observadas a partir de julio de 1995 y de mejorar las posiciones de las fuentes ``candidatas" con la inclusión de observaciones adicionales. Objetivos secundarios fueron monitorear a las radiofuentes para verificar que siguen siendo adecuadas para realizar al ICRF y mejorar las técnicas de análisis de datos. Como resultado del nuevo análisis se obtuvo una solución a partir de la cual se construyó la primera extensión del ICRF, denominada ICRF - Ext.1. Ella representa al ICRS, sus fuentes de definición se mantienen con las mismas posiciones y errores que en la primera realización del ICRF; las demás radiofuentes tienen coordenadas mejor determinadas que en ICRF; el marco de referencia se densificó con el agregado de 59 nuevas radiofuentes.
Malkin, Zinovy; Ma, Chopo; Lambert, Sebastien
2014-01-01
In this paper we outline several problems related to the realization of the international celestial and terrestrial reference frames ICRF and ITRF at the millimeter level of accuracy, with emphasis on ICRF issues. The main topics considered are: analysis of the current status of the ICRF, mutual impact of ICRF and ITRF, and some considerations for future ICRF realizations.
Chen, Shao-Guang
falling and till reach the equilibrium of stable spatial charge distribution, which is just the cause of the geomagnetic field and the geo-electric field (the observational value on the earth surface is about 120 V/m downward equivalent to 500000 Coulomb negative charges in the earth surface). All celestial bodies are gravitation sources and attract the molecules and ions in space to its circumference by the gravitation of own and other celestial bodies, e.g., all planets in the solar system have their own atmospheres. Therefore, the origin mechanism of geo-electric and geomagnetic fields caused by gravitation is very universal, at least it is appli-cable to all the planets in the solar system. For planets, the joint result of the gravitations of the planets and the sun makes the negative charges and dipolar charges distributed in the surfaces of the celestial bodies. The quicker the rotation is, the larger the angular momentum U is, then larger the accompanying current and magnetic moment P, it accord a experiential law found by subsistent observational data of all celestial bodies in solar system: P = -G 1/2 U cos θ / c (1), θ is the angle between the net ν 0 flux direction (mark by CMB) and the rotational axis of celestial body (Chen Shao-Guang, Chinese Science Bulletin, 26,233,1981). Uranian and Neptunian P predicted with Eq.(1) in 1981 are about -3.4•1028 Gs•cm3 and 1.9•1028 Gs•cm3 respectively (use new rotate speed measured by Voyager 2). The P measured by Voyager 2 in 1986 and 1989 are about -1.9 •1028 Gs•cm3 and 1.5•1028 Gs•cm3 respectively (the contribution of quadrupole P is converted into the contribution of dipole P alone). The neutron star pos-sesses much high density and rotational speed because of the conservation of the mass and the angular momentum during the course of the formation, then has strong gravity and largerU. From Eq.(1) there is a larger P and extremely strong surface magnetic field in neutron star. The origin mechanism of
We present WMAP seven-year observations of bright sources which are often used as calibrators at microwave frequencies. Ten objects are studied in five frequency bands (23-94 GHz): the outer planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) and five fixed celestial sources (Cas A, Tau A, Cyg A, 3C274, and 3C58). The seven-year analysis of Jupiter provides temperatures which are within 1σ of the previously published WMAP five-year values, with slightly tighter constraints on variability with orbital phase (0.2% ± 0.4%), and limits (but no detections) on linear polarization. Observed temperatures for both Mars and Saturn vary significantly with viewing geometry. Scaling factors are provided which, when multiplied by the Wright Mars thermal model predictions at 350 μm, reproduce WMAP seasonally averaged observations of Mars within ∼2%. An empirical model is described which fits brightness variations of Saturn due to geometrical effects and can be used to predict the WMAP observations to within 3%. Seven-year mean temperatures for Uranus and Neptune are also tabulated. Uncertainties in Uranus temperatures are 3%-4% in the 41, 61, and 94 GHz bands; the smallest uncertainty for Neptune is 8% for the 94 GHz band. Intriguingly, the spectrum of Uranus appears to show a dip at ∼30 GHz of unidentified origin, although the feature is not of high statistical significance. Flux densities for the five selected fixed celestial sources are derived from the seven-year WMAP sky maps and are tabulated for Stokes I, Q, and U, along with polarization fraction and position angle. Fractional uncertainties for the Stokes I fluxes are typically 1% to 3%. Source variability over the seven-year baseline is also estimated. Significant secular decrease is seen for Cas A and Tau A: our results are consistent with a frequency-independent decrease of about 0.53% per year for Cas A and 0.22% per year for Tau A. We present WMAP polarization data with uncertainties of a few percent for Tau
ASTEP South: An Antarctic Search for Transiting Planets around the celestial South pole
Crouzet, Nicolas; Blazit, Alain; Bonhomme, Serge; Fanteï-Caujolle, Yan; Fressin, François; Guillot, Tristan; Schmider, François-Xavier; Valbousquet, Franck; Bondoux, Erick; Challita, Zalpha; Abe, Lyu; Daban, Jean-Baptiste; Gouvret, Carole
2008-01-01
ASTEP South is the first phase of the ASTEP project that aims to determine the quality of Dome C as a site for future photometric searches for transiting exoplanets and discover extrasolar planets from the Concordia base in Antarctica. ASTEP South consists of a front-illuminated 4k x 4k CCD camera, a 10 cm refractor, and a simple mount in a thermalized enclosure. A double-glass window is used to reduce temperature variations and its accompanying turbulence on the optical path. The telescope is fixed and observes a 4 x 4 square degrees field of view centered on the celestial South pole. With this design, A STEP South is very stable and observes with low and constant airmass, both being important issues for photometric precision. We present the project, we show that enough stars are present in our field of view to allow the detection of one to a few transiting giant planets, and that the photometric precision of the instrument should be a few mmag for stars brighter than magnitude 12 and better than 10 mmag for...
Astropol: Russian pilot project on coordinated observations of hazardous celestial objects
Ibrahimov, Mansur
Cooperative graund-based ASTROPOL (ASTeRoid and cOmet POLice) project had been started in June 2012. ASTROPOL was initiated and currently advised by the Institute of Astronomy RAS (INASAN). It is believed to be a long-term dedicated Russian pilot project on coordinated observations of hazardous celestial objects - potentially hazardous asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. Basic facility of ASTROPOL is its (permanently enlarged) observational network which presently incorporates 12 academical and university observatories. Network includes all the largest Russian optical telescopes (SAO RAS 6m, INASAN TB 2m, ISTP SSO 1.6m) and a number of 1-1.5m telescopes located around Russia (Uzbek UBAI MAO 1.5m, Russian-Turkish 1.5m RTT150 in Antalya, Turkey, Latvian IAUL BAO 1.2m Schmidt, and Ukrainian CrAO Simeiz 1m). All mentioned telescopes together with a number of 0.4-0.6m ones have been using to get low-resolution spectroscopy, photometry, and astrometry of hazardous objects. By the end of 2013 two successful coordinated sessions had been undertaken by ASTROPOL cooperation: observations of Apophis in Jan13-Feb28 and 2010 CF19 in Aug16-Sep02 2013. Observation and reduction methods and results obtained during the both coordinated sessions as well as some current problem and prospects of the ASTROPOL cooperation are analysed and discussed in the talk.
The norm of the position shift of a celestial body upon variation of its orbit
Batmunkh, N.; Sannikova, T. N.; Kholshevnikov, K. V.; Shaidulin, V. Sh.
2016-03-01
A precise estimate of the variation of the position of a celestial body in the case of small variations of the elements of its orbit is obtained using an Euclidean (mean-square) norm for the deviation in the position. A relatively simple expression for the mean-square deviation of the radius vector d r in terms of the deviations of the elements is derived. These are taken to be first-order small quantitites, with second-order quantities neglected. This relation is applied to estimate the norm || d r|| in two problems. In the first one, small and constant differences between six orbital elements (including the mean anomaly) are considered for two orbits. In the second one, a zero-mass point moves under the gravitation of a central body and a small perturbing acceleration F. The vector F is taken to be constant in a co-moving coordinate system with axes directed along the radius vector, the transversal, and the binormal vector. In this latter problem, d r is the difference between the position vectors in the osculating and mean orbit. The norm || d r||2 is the weighted sum of the squares of the components of F, neglecting higher-order small quantities. The coefficients of the quadratic form depend only on the semi-major axis and the eccentricity of the mean orbit. The results are applied to the motion of a small asteroid under the action of a low-thrust engine imparting a small force.
Dual-EKF-Based Real-Time Celestial Navigation for Lunar Rover
Li Xie
2012-01-01
Full Text Available A key requirement of lunar rover autonomous navigation is to acquire state information accurately in real-time during its motion and set up a gradual parameter-based nonlinear kinematics model for the rover. In this paper, we propose a dual-extended-Kalman-filter- (dual-EKF- based real-time celestial navigation (RCN method. The proposed method considers the rover position and velocity on the lunar surface as the system parameters and establishes a constant velocity (CV model. In addition, the attitude quaternion is considered as the system state, and the quaternion differential equation is established as the state equation, which incorporates the output of angular rate gyroscope. Therefore, the measurement equation can be established with sun direction vector from the sun sensor and speed observation from the speedometer. The gyro continuous output ensures the algorithm real-time operation. Finally, we use the dual-EKF method to solve the system equations. Simulation results show that the proposed method can acquire the rover position and heading information in real time and greatly improve the navigation accuracy. Our method overcomes the disadvantage of the cumulative error in inertial navigation.
The effects of frequency-dependent quasar evolution on the celestial reference frame
Shabala, Stanislav; McCallum, Jamie; Titov, Oleg; Blanchard, Jay; Lovell, Jim; Watson, Christopher
2013-01-01
We examine the relationship between source position stability and astrophysical properties of radio-loud quasars making up the International Celestial Reference Frame. We construct light curves for 95 most frequently observed ICRF2 quasars at both the geodetic VLBI observing bands. Because the appearance of new quasar components corresponds to an increase in quasar flux density, these light curves allow us to probe source structure on sub-100 microarcsecond scales, much smaller than conventional VLBI imaging. Flux density monitoring also allows us to trace the evolution of quasar structure. We test how source position stability depends on three astrophysical parameters: (1) Flux density variability at X-band; (2) Time lag between S and X-band light curves; (3) Spectral index rms, defined as the variability in the ratio between S and X-band flux densities. We find that small (<0.15 years) time lags between S and X-band light curves and low (<0.10) spectral index variability are excellent indicators of po...
Initial deep LOFAR observations of Epoch of Reionization windows: I. The North Celestial Pole
Yatawatta, S; Brentjens, M A; Labropoulos, P; Pandey, V N; Kazemi, S; Zaroubi, S; Koopmans, L V E; Offringa, A R; Jelic, V; Rubi, O Martinez; Veligatla, V; Wijnholds, S J; Brouw, W N; Bernardi, G; Ciardi, B; Daiboo, S; Harker, G; Mellema, G; Schaye, J; Thomas, R; Vedantham, H; Chapman, E; Abdalla, F B; Alexov, A; Anderson, J; Avruch, I M; Batejat, F; Bell, M E; Bell, M R; Bentum, M; Best, P; Bonafede, A; Bregman, J; Breitling, F; van de Brink, R H; Broderick, J W; Bruggen, M; Conway, J; de Gasperin, F; de Geus, E; Duscha, S; Falcke, H; Fallows, R A; Ferrari, C; Frieswijk, W; Garrett, M A; Griessmeier, J M; Gunst, A W; Hassall, T E; Hessels, J W T; Hoeft, M; Iacobelli, M; Juette, E; Karastergiou, A; Kondratiev, V I; Kramer, M; Kuniyoshi, M; Kuper, G; van Leeuwen, J; Maat, P; Mann, G; McKean, J P; Mevius, M; Mol, J D; Munk, H; Nijboer, R; Noordam, J E; Norden, M J; Orru, E; Paas, H; Pandey-Pommier, M; Pizzo, R; Polatidis, A G; Reich, W; Rottgering, H J A; Sluman, J; Smirnov, O; Stappers, B; Tagger, M; Tang, Y; Tasse, C; ter Veen, S; Vermeulen, R; van Weeren, R J; Wise, M; Wucknitz, O; Zarka, P
2013-01-01
The aim of the LOFAR Epoch of Reionization (EoR) project is to detect the spectral fluctuations of the redshifted HI 21cm signal. This signal is weaker by several orders of magnitude than the astrophysical foreground signals and hence, in order to achieve this, very long integrations, accurate calibration for stations and ionosphere and reliable foreground removal are essential. One of the prospective observing windows for the LOFAR EoR project will be centered at the North Celestial Pole (NCP). We present results from observations of the NCP window using the LOFAR highband antenna (HBA) array in the frequency range 115 MHz to 163 MHz. The data were obtained in April 2011 during the commissioning phase of LOFAR. We used baselines up to about 30 km. With about 3 nights, of 6 hours each, effective integration we have achieved a noise level of about 100 microJy/PSF in the NCP window. Close to the NCP, the noise level increases to about 180 microJy/PSF, mainly due to additional contamination from unsubtracted nea...
Optical identifications of celestial high energy sources with the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo
To ascertain the nature of celestial high energy sources, it is crucial to identify their optical counterparts. However, the currently available astronomical public optical databases do not provide an adequate support for a systematic high energy sources identification work. In particular, the optical limiting magnitude represents a severe limitation since the deepest flux limits reached by X-ray surveys require of course similarly deeper optical catalogs to homogeneously sample the available parameter space. Nonetheless, dedicated spectroscopic campaigns are being carried out successfully with the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), a 4-m class telescope. To set up a winning observational campaign, the first and most important step is to define a strong science case, as it will allow for selections of good targets for observations: the key is to increase the identification efficiency while keeping down the required telescope time. In this context, as the Principal Investigator, I will give an overview of the first spectroscopic campaign carried out at the TNG to identify Swift X-ray serendipitous sources, and I will show the valuable results achieved with only one night of observations. As a second example, I will review the strategy for the northern-sky classification of candidate blazars associated to unidentified Fermi γ-ray sources, and I will show the results coming from the related observational campaign at TNG I have been involved during the last two years.
A Two-Colour CCD Survey of the North Celestial Cap: I. The Method
Gorbikov, Evgeny; Afonso, Cristina
2009-01-01
We describe technical aspects of an astrometric and photometric survey of the North Celestial Cap (NCC), from the Pole (DEC=90 deg) to DEC=80 deg, in support of the TAUVEX mission. This region, at galactic latitudes from ~ 17 deg to ~ 37 deg, has poor coverage in modern CCD-based surveys. The observations are performed with the Wise Observatory one-meter reflector and with a new mosaic CCD camera (LAIWO) that images in the Johnson-Cousins R and I bands a one-square-degree field with subarcsec pixels. The images are treated using IRAF and SExtractor to produce a final catalogue of sources. The astrometry, based on the USNO-A2.0 catalogue, is good to ~ 1 arcsec and the photometry is good to ~ 0.1 mag for point sources brighter than R=20.0 or I=19.1 mag. The limiting magnitudes of the survey, defined at photometric errors smaller than 0.15 mag, are 20.6 mag (R) and 19.6 (I). We separate stars from non-stellar objects based on the object shapes in the R and I bands, attempting to reproduce the SDSS star/galaxy di...
Reclaiming Celestial Navigation Using a Contemporary Hawaiian Worldview of the Heavens
Dye, Ahia G.; Ha`o, Celeste; Slater, Timothy F.; Slater, Stephanie J.
2015-08-01
The immense challenges of successfully navigating the vast Pacific basin without modern instruments are well-known. At the same time, the precise methods used by ancient Polynesian wayfinders are largely undocumented, the strategies being wholly unfamiliar to early European navigators from higher latitudes with formal training in charts and tables. Leading the wave of a Hawaiian-Renaissance, contemporary Hawaiian seafarers are boldly reclaiming their heritage by recreating and sailing double hulled canoes by instrument-free, navigation techniques. Many of these navigational techniques are probably reminiscent of earlier strategies, and are proving to be highly successful. The result is that numerous canoes are now making repeated trips throughout the Polynesian Triangle, and reaching beyond to soon circumnavigate the globe. Not surprisingly, a vital component of any navigational system far from terrestrial landmarks is based on the changing positions and predictable motions of the Sun and stars. Although many of the indigenous star names are lost to history, some of the most important star names for celestial navigation have been painstakingly re-claimed. Other critically important navigational stars are being named by the respected Hawaiian Guild Navigators and their teams of educators who are conducting navigation training for Hawaiian sailing crews. The authors are collecting and documenting these new star names along-with their identifiable asterisms-in the service of educating both the public and the next generation of navigators.
Bias Estimations for Ill-posed Problem of Celestial Positioning Using the Sun and Precision Analysis
ZHAN Yinhu
2016-08-01
Full Text Available Lunar/Mars rovers own sun sensors for navigation, however, long-time tracking for the sun impacts on the real-time activity of navigation. Absolute positioning method by observing the sun with a super short tracking period such as 1 or 2 minutes is researched in this paper. Linear least squares model of altitude positioning method is deduced, and the ill-posed problem of celestial positioning using the sun is brought out for the first time. Singular value decomposition method is used to diagnose the ill-posed problem, and different bias estimations are employed and compared by simulative calculations. Results of the calculations indicate the superiority of bias estimations which can effectively improve initial values. However, bias estimations are greatly impacted by initial values, because the initial values converge at a line which passes by the real value and is vertical relative to the orientation of the sun. The research of this paper is of some value to application.
Weiland, J L; Hill, R S; Wollack, E; Hinshaw, G; Greason, M R; Jarosik, N; Page, L; Bennett, C L; Dunkley, J; Gold, B; Halpern, M; Kogut, A; Komatsu, E; Larson, D; Limon, M; Meyer, S S; Nolta, M R; Smith, K M; Spergel, D N; Tucker, G S; Wright, E L
2010-01-01
We present WMAP seven-year observations of bright sources which are often used as calibrators at microwave frequencies. Ten objects are studied in five frequency bands (23 - 94 GHz): the outer planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) and five fixed celestial sources (Cas A, Tau A, Cyg A, 3C274 and 3C58). The seven-year analysis of Jupiter provides temperatures which are within 1-sigma of the previously published WMAP five-year values, with slightly tighter constraints on variability with orbital phase, and limits (but no detections) on linear polarization. Scaling factors are provided which, when multiplied by the Wright Mars thermal model predictions at 350 micron, reproduce WMAP seasonally averaged observations of Mars within ~2%. An empirical model is described which fits brightness variations of Saturn due to geometrical effects and can be used to predict the WMAP observations to within 3%. Seven-year mean temperatures for Uranus and Neptune are also tabulated. Uncertainties in Uranus temperatu...
Hadravová, Alena; Hadrava, Petr
Wien : Fassbaender, 2012 - (Simek, R.; Klein, M.), s. 111-121, 274-281 ISBN 978-3-902575-47-0. [Johannes von Gmunden (ca. 1385-1442). Zwischen Astronomie und Astrologie. Gmunden (AT), 17.06.2012-19.06.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP405/11/0034 Institutional support: RVO:68378114 ; RVO:67985815 Keywords : history of medieval astronomy * celestial globes * Ptolemaic constellations Subject RIV: AB - History
Hadrava, Petr; Hadravová, Alena
Wien : Fassbaender, 2012 - (Simek, R.; Klein, M.), s. 123-130, 282-284 ISBN 978-3-902575-47-0. [Johannes von Gmunden (ca. 1385-1442). Zwischen Astronomie und Astrologie. Gmunden (AT), 17.06.2012-19.06.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP405/11/0034 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 ; RVO:68378114 Keywords : history of medieval astronomy * celestial globes * Ptolemaic constellations Subject RIV: AB - History
Non-parametric PSF estimation from celestial transit solar images using blind deconvolution
González, Adriana; Delouille, Véronique; Jacques, Laurent
2016-01-01
Context: Characterization of instrumental effects in astronomical imaging is important in order to extract accurate physical information from the observations. The measured image in a real optical instrument is usually represented by the convolution of an ideal image with a Point Spread Function (PSF). Additionally, the image acquisition process is also contaminated by other sources of noise (read-out, photon-counting). The problem of estimating both the PSF and a denoised image is called blind deconvolution and is ill-posed. Aims: We propose a blind deconvolution scheme that relies on image regularization. Contrarily to most methods presented in the literature, our method does not assume a parametric model of the PSF and can thus be applied to any telescope. Methods: Our scheme uses a wavelet analysis prior model on the image and weak assumptions on the PSF. We use observations from a celestial transit, where the occulting body can be assumed to be a black disk. These constraints allow us to retain meaningful solutions for the filter and the image, eliminating trivial, translated, and interchanged solutions. Under an additive Gaussian noise assumption, they also enforce noise canceling and avoid reconstruction artifacts by promoting the whiteness of the residual between the blurred observations and the cleaned data. Results: Our method is applied to synthetic and experimental data. The PSF is estimated for the SECCHI/EUVI instrument using the 2007 Lunar transit, and for SDO/AIA using the 2012 Venus transit. Results show that the proposed non-parametric blind deconvolution method is able to estimate the core of the PSF with a similar quality to parametric methods proposed in the literature. We also show that, if these parametric estimations are incorporated in the acquisition model, the resulting PSF outperforms both the parametric and non-parametric methods.
Quantum and Post-Newtonian Effects in the Anomalistic Period and the Mean Motion of Celestial Bodies
Haranas, Ioannis; Gkigkitzis, Ioannis; Kotsireas, Ilias
2015-01-01
We study the motion of a secondary celestial body under the influence of the corrected gravitational force of a primary. We study the effect of quantum and relativistic corrections to the gravitational potential of a primary body acting on the orbiting body. More specifically, two equations are derived to approximate the perigee/perihelion/periastron time rate of change and its total variation over one revolution (i.e., the difference between the anomalistic period and the Keplerian period) under the influence of the quantum as well as post- Newtonian accelerations. Numerical results have been obtained for the artificial Earth satellite Molnya, Mercury, and, finally, the for the HW Vir c, planetary companion.
Theodossiou, Efstratios; Manimanis, Vassilios N.; Dimitrijević, Milan S.; Mantarakis, Petros
In this article we consider the role of the three principal celestial bodies, the Earth (Gaia), the Sun (Helios) and the Moon (Selene), as well as the Sky (Ouranos) in the ancient Greek cosmogony. This is done by the analysis of antique Greek texts like Orphic Hymns and the literary remains of the writers and philosophers like Aeschylus, (Pseudo) Apollodorus, Apollonius Rhodius, Aristotle, Euripides, Hesiod, Homer, Hyginus, Nonnus, Pausanias, Pindar and Sophocles, as well as by the analysis of texts of Roman writers like Cicero, Ovid and Pliny.
The effects of the variation of the gravitational constant with distance on the variation of the orbital elements of celestial objects are examined. The theoretical results show clearly that the large distance variation of the gravitational constant results in the periodic variation of the semi-major axis, eccentricity, longitude of the perihelion and the mean longitude, but it results in the secular variation of the longitude of the perihelion and the mean longitude, no secular variation for other orbital elements. As an example, the effects on four planets are estimated. Discussion and conclusion are drawn.
Hartog, J P Den
1961-01-01
First published over 40 years ago, this work has achieved the status of a classic among introductory texts on mechanics. Den Hartog is known for his lively, discursive and often witty presentations of all the fundamental material of both statics and dynamics (and considerable more advanced material) in new, original ways that provide students with insights into mechanical relationships that other books do not always succeed in conveying. On the other hand, the work is so replete with engineering applications and actual design problems that it is as valuable as a reference to the practicing e
Ülo Siimets
2006-01-01
Full Text Available This article gives a brief overview of the most common Chukchi myths, notions and beliefs related to celestial bodies at the end of the 19th and during the 20th century. The firmament of Chukchi world view is connected with their main source of subsistence – reindeer herding. Chukchis are one of the very few Siberian indigenous people who have preserved their religion. Similarly to many other nations, the peoples of the Far North as well as Chukchis personify the Sun, the Moon and stars. The article also points out thesimilarities between Chukchi notions and these of other peoples. Till now Chukchi reindeer herders seek the supposed help or influence of a constellation or planet when making important sacrifices (for example, offering sacrifices in a full moon. According to the Chukchi religion the most important celestial character is the Sun. It is spoken of as an individual being (vaśrgśn. In addition to the Sun, the Creator, Dawn, Zenith, Midday and the North Star also belong to the ranks of special (superior beings. The Moon in Chukchi mythology is a man and a being in one person. It is as the ketlja (evil spiritof the Sun. Chukchi myths about several stars (such as the North Star and Betelgeuse resemble to a great extent these of other peoples.
Kudriavtcev, Iurii
2010-01-01
We performed the check of supposition about the possibility of manifestation of the previously observed phenomenon of central symmetry of the celestial sphere through existence of the opposite quasars. We discovered the existence of some pairs of quasars located opposite each other with close by form profiles magnitudes of luminosity in the ranges u, g, r, i, z, when correlation coefficient close to 1. We discovered that the percentage of the pairs with correlation coefficients Rxy>0.98 for the opposite located quasars is significantly higher than that for the random pairs. The analysis of the dependence of this exceedance from the artificial breaking of the central symmetry has shown, that it practically disappears with symmetry breaking by more than 0.05 degrees. Thus we can confirmed the manifestation of the central symmetry of celestial sphere through existence of the central symmetrical pairs of quasars, which can be interpreted as the pairs of images of the same object. We shown the possibility of a the...
Wang, Xin; Gao, Jun; Fan, Zhiguo; Roberts, Nicholas W.
2016-06-01
We present a computationally inexpensive analytical model for simulating celestial polarization patterns in variable conditions. We combine both the singularity theory of Berry et al (2004 New J. Phys. 6 162) and the intensity model of Perez et al (1993 Sol. Energy 50 235–245) such that our single model describes three key sets of data: (1) the overhead distribution of the degree of polarization as well as the existence of neutral points in the sky; (2) the change in sky polarization as a function of the turbidity of the atmosphere; and (3) sky polarization patterns as a function of wavelength, calculated in this work from the ultra-violet to the near infra-red. To verify the performance of our model we generate accurate reference data using a numerical radiative transfer model and statistical comparisons between these two methods demonstrate no significant difference in almost all situations. The development of our analytical model provides a novel method for efficiently calculating the overhead skylight polarization pattern. This provides a new tool of particular relevance for our understanding of animals that use the celestial polarization pattern as a source of visual information.
Lanfranchi, G. B.
2011-06-01
For Ancient Mesopotamians, astronomical phenomena were signs signifying the gods' judgment on human behaviour. Mesopotamian scholars studied celestial phenomena for understanding the gods' will, and strongly developed astrology. From the 8th to the 6th century BC Assyrian and Babylonian astronomers achieved the ability to predict solar and lunar eclipses, and the planets' movements through mathematical calculations. Predictability of astral phenomena solicited the awareness that they are all regular, and that the universe is governed by an eternal, immutable order fixed at its very beginning. This finally favoured the idea that the cosmic order depended on the will of one god only, displacing polytheism in favour of monotheism; and astrology lost its religious importance as a mean to know the divine will.
XU PeiLiang
2009-01-01
Satellite orbits have been routinely used to produce models of the Earth's gravity field. In connection with such productions, the partial derivatives of a satellite orbit with respect to the force parameters to be determined, namely, the unknown harmonic coefficients of the gravitational model, have been first computed by setting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero. In this note, we first design some simple mathematical examples to show that setting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero is generally erroneous mathematically. We then prove that it is prohibited physically. In other words, set-ting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero violates the physics of motion of celestial bodies.
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2009-01-01
Satellite orbits have been routinely used to produce models of the Earth’s gravity field. In connection with such productions, the partial derivatives of a satellite orbit with respect to the force parameters to be determined, namely, the unknown harmonic coefficients of the gravitational model, have been first computed by setting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero. In this note, we first design some simple mathematical examples to show that setting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero is generally erroneous mathematically. We then prove that it is prohibited physically. In other words, set-ting the initial values of partial derivatives to zero violates the physics of motion of celestial bodies.
Chester, W
1979-01-01
When I began to write this book, I originally had in mind the needs of university students in their first year. May aim was to keep the mathematics simple. No advanced techniques are used and there are no complicated applications. The emphasis is on an understanding of the basic ideas and problems which require expertise but do not contribute to this understanding are not discussed. How ever, the presentation is more sophisticated than might be considered appropri ate for someone with no previous knowledge of the subject so that, although it is developed from the beginning, some previous acquaintance with the elements of the subject would be an advantage. In addition, some familiarity with element ary calculus is assumed but not with the elementary theory of differential equations, although knowledge of the latter would again be an advantage. It is my opinion that mechanics is best introduced through the motion of a particle, with rigid body problems left until the subject is more fully developed. Howev...
A Method for Detecting Damage of Traffic Marks by Half Celestial Camera Attached to Cars
Takafumi Kawasaki
2015-12-01
Full Text Available Roads are becoming deterioration in everywhere. In some places, traffic marks painted on roads are damaged thus needed to be updated. Municipalities must manage road condition and traffic marks (road painting. It is the municipalities task to manage those roads using, for example, special inspection cars and human eyes. However, the management cost is high if a city contains many roads. This paper proposes a mechanism that automates this management. Our idea is to leverage cameras attached to garbage trucks, which run through the entire city almost everyday. The mechanism collects road images and detects damaged traffic marks using an image recognition algorithm. This paper shows the algorithm and reports the benchmark results. The benchmark showed that the mechanism can detect the damaged traffic marks with 76.6% precision.
Intrinsic electromagnetic variability in celestial objects containing rapidly spinning black holes
Zhang, Fan
2016-01-01
Analytical studies have raised the concern that a mysterious expulsion of magnetic field lines by a rapidly-spinning black hole (dubbed the black hole Meissner effect) would shut down the Blandford-Znajek process and quench the jets of active galactic nuclei and microquasars. This effect is however not seen observationally or in numerical simulations. Previous attempts at reconciling the predictions with observations have proposed several mechanisms to evade the Meissner effect. In this paper, we identify a new evasion mechanism and discuss its observational significance. Specifically, we show that the breakdown of stationarity is sufficient to remove the expulsion of the magnetic field at all multipole orders, and that the associated temporal variation is likely turbulent due to the existence of efficient mechanisms for sharing energy across different modes. Such an intrinsic (as opposed to being driven externally by, e.g., changes in the accretion rate) variability of the electromagnetic field can produce t...
Stewart, A. J.; Fender, R. P.; Broderick, J. W.; Hassall, T. E.; Muñoz-Darias, T.; Rowlinson, A.; Swinbank, J. D.; Staley, T. D.; Molenaar, G. J.; Scheers, B.; Grobler, T. L.; Pietka, M.; Heald, G.; McKean, J. P.; Bell, M. E.; Bonafede, A.; Breton, R. P.; Carbone, D.; Cendes, Y.; Clarke, A. O.; Corbel, S.; de Gasperin, F.; Eislöffel, J.; Falcke, H.; Ferrari, C.; Grießmeier, J.-M.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Heesen, V.; Hessels, J. W. T.; Horneffer, A.; Iacobelli, M.; Jonker, P.; Karastergiou, A.; Kokotanekov, G.; Kondratiev, V. I.; Kuniyoshi, M.; Law, C. J.; van Leeuwen, J.; Markoff, S.; Miller-Jones, J. C. A.; Mulcahy, D.; Orru, E.; Pandey-Pommier, M.; Pratley, L.; Rol, E.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Scaife, A. M. M.; Shulevski, A.; Sobey, C. A.; Stappers, B. W.; Tasse, C.; van der Horst, A. J.; van Velzen, S.; van Weeren, R. J.; Wijers, R. A. M. J.; Wijnands, R.; Wise, M.; Zarka, P.; Alexov, A.; Anderson, J.; Asgekar, A.; Avruch, I. M.; Bentum, M. J.; Bernardi, G.; Best, P.; Breitling, F.; Brüggen, M.; Butcher, H. R.; Ciardi, B.; Conway, J. E.; Corstanje, A.; de Geus, E.; Deller, A.; Duscha, S.; Frieswijk, W.; Garrett, M. A.; Gunst, A. W.; van Haarlem, M. P.; Hoeft, M.; Hörandel, J.; Juette, E.; Kuper, G.; Loose, M.; Maat, P.; McFadden, R.; McKay-Bukowski, D.; Moldon, J.; Munk, H.; Norden, M. J.; Paas, H.; Polatidis, A. G.; Schwarz, D.; Sluman, J.; Smirnov, O.; Steinmetz, M.; Thoudam, S.; Toribio, M. C.; Vermeulen, R.; Vocks, C.; Wijnholds, S. J.; Wucknitz, O.; Yatawatta, S.
2016-03-01
We present the results of a four-month campaign searching for low-frequency radio transients near the North Celestial Pole with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), as part of the Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS). The data were recorded between 2011 December and 2012 April and comprised 2149 11-min snapshots, each covering 175 deg2. We have found one convincing candidate astrophysical transient, with a duration of a few minutes and a flux density at 60 MHz of 15-25 Jy. The transient does not repeat and has no obvious optical or high-energy counterpart, as a result of which its nature is unclear. The detection of this event implies a transient rate at 60 MHz of 3.9^{+14.7}_{-3.7}× 10^{-4} d-1 deg-2, and a transient surface density of 1.5 × 10-5 deg-2, at a 7.9-Jy limiting flux density and ˜10-min time-scale. The campaign data were also searched for transients at a range of other time-scales, from 0.5 to 297 min, which allowed us to place a range of limits on transient rates at 60 MHz as a function of observation duration.
Menanteau, Felipe; Barrientos, L Felipe; Battaglia, Nicholas; Bond, J Richard; Crichton, Devin; Das, Sudeep; Devlin, Mark J; Dünner, Rolando; Gralla, Megan; Hajian, Amir; Hasselfield, Matthew; Hilton, Matt; Hincks, Adam D; Hughes, John P; Infante, Leopoldo; Kosowsky, Arthur; Marriage, Tobias A; Marsden, Danica; Moodley, Kavilan; Niemack, Michael D; Nolta, Michael R; Page, Lyman A; Partridge, Bruce; Reese, Erik D; Schmitt, Benjamin L; Sievers, Jon; Spergel, David N; Staggs, Suzanne T; Switzer, Eric; Wollack, Edward J
2012-01-01
We present the optical and X-ray properties of 68 galaxy clusters selected via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect at 148 GHz by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT). Our sample, from an area of 504 square degrees centered on the celestial equator, is divided into two regions. The main region uses 270 square degrees of the ACT survey that overlaps with the co-added ugriz imaging from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) over Stripe 82 plus additional near-infrared pointed observations with the Apache Point Observatory 3.5-meter telescope. We confirm a total of 49 clusters to z~1.3, of which 22 (all at z>0.55) are new discoveries. For the second region the regular-depth SDSS imaging allows us to confirm 19 more clusters up to z~0.7, of which 10 systems are new. We present the optical richness, photometric redshifts, and separation between the SZ position and the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG). We find no significant offset between the cluster SZ centroid and BCG location and a weak correlation between optical richne...
Stewart, A J; Broderick, J W; Hassall, T E; Muñoz-Darias, T; Rowlinson, A; Swinbank, J D; Staley, T D; Molenaar, G J; Scheers, B; Grobler, T L; Pietka, M; Heald, G; McKean, J P; Bell, M E; Bonafede, A; Breton, R P; Carbone, D; Cendes, Y; Clarke, A O; Corbel, S; de Gasperin, F; Eislöffel, J; Falcke, H; Ferrari, C; Grießmeier, J -M; Hardcastle, M J; Heesen, V; Hessels, J W T; Horneffer, A; Iacobelli, M; Jonker, P; Karastergiou, A; Kokotanekov, G; Kondratiev, V I; Kuniyoshi, M; Law, C J; van Leeuwen, J; Markoff, S; Miller-Jones, J C A; Mulcahy, D; Orru, E; Pandey-Pommier, M; Pratley, L; Rol, E; Röttgering, H J A; Scaife, A M M; Shulevski, A; Sobey, C A; Stappers, B W; Tasse, C; van der Horst, A J; van Velzen, S; van Weeren, R J; Wijers, R A M J; Wijnands, R; Wise, M; Zarka, P; Alexov, A; Anderson, J; Asgekar, A; Avruch, I M; Bentum, M J; Bernardi, G; Best, P; Breitling, F; Brüggen, M; Butcher, H R; Ciardi, B; Conway, J E; Corstanje, A; de Geus, E; Deller, A; Duscha, S; Frieswijk, W; Garrett, M A; Gunst, A W; van Haarlem, M P; Hoeft, M; Hörandel, J; Juette, E; Kuper, G; Loose, M; Maat, P; McFadden, R; McKay-Bukowski, D; Moldon, J; Munk, H; Norden, M J; Paas, H; Polatidis, A G; Schwarz, D; Sluman, J; Smirnov, O; Steinmetz, M; Thoudam, S; Toribio, M C; Vermeulen, R; Vocks, C; Wijnholds, S J; Wucknitz, O; Yatawatta, S
2015-01-01
We present the results of a four-month campaign searching for low-frequency radio transients near the North Celestial Pole with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), as part of the Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS). The data were recorded between 2011 December and 2012 April and comprised 2149 11-minute snapshots, each covering 175 deg^2. We have found one convincing candidate astrophysical transient, with a duration of a few minutes and a flux density at 60 MHz of 15-25 Jy. The transient does not repeat and has no obvious optical or high-energy counterpart, as a result of which its nature is unclear. The detection of this event implies a transient rate at 60 MHz of 3.9 (+14.7, -3.7) x 10^-4 day^-1 deg^-2, and a transient surface density of 1.5 x 10^-5 deg^-2, at a 7.9-Jy limiting flux density and ~10-minute time-scale. The campaign data were also searched for transients at a range of other time-scales, from 0.5 to 297 min, which allowed us to place a range of limits on transient rates at 60 MHz as a funct...
García-de-la-Borbolla, Á. (Ángeles)
2005-01-01
El recurso a la intercesión celestial en la hora de la muerte fue una constante en la actitud del hombre medieval con respecto a la muerte. Las donaciones de la alta Edad Media y los testamentos de la baja Edad Media muestran el activo papel de los santos, mártires y confesores, la Virgen María, madre de Dios, y Cristo, para la salvación eterna de los fieles.
王鹏; 张迎春
2015-01-01
为了实现大椭圆轨道(HEO)卫星高精度自主导航，提出一种将直接敏感地平天文导航与全球定位系统(GPS)相结合的组合导航方法.首先，分析卫星轨道��2运动模型及其所受空间摄动，建立卫星轨道动力学模型；然后，分析单一使用天文导航和GPS的优缺点，根据HEO卫星对GPS的可见性，提出在远地点只采用天文导航，而在近地点采用以天文导航为主、适时引入GPS信号进行位速测量辅助修正的方法.通过计算机仿真和结果分析表明了所提出的设计方法导航精度比单一天文导航提高72.4%∼85.6%.%In order to realize autonomous and continuous navigation information outputs for high elliptical orbit(HEO) satellite, new integrated navigation system is proposed based on celestial navigation of directly sensing stellar and global positioning system(GPS) navigation. Firstly, satellite orbit motion model is established on the satellite orbit dynamics��2 model and suffered space perturbation. Moreover, performances of single-use celestial navigation or GPS are analyzed. When the satellite is near the apogee, observation system is established by using only celestial navigation. When the satellite is near the perigee, the estimate covariance is revised through incoming GPS signal to improve the celestial navigation estimate. The autonomous navigation system is designed and simulating. The results of computer simulation show that the navigation accuracy is improved by 72.4%∼85.6%compared with the celestial navigation method.
李海林; 吴德伟
2012-01-01
针对航天器自主导航方法不适合高超声速临近空间飞行器的问题，研究了基于非开普勒轨道的高超声速临近空间飞行器自主天文导航方案．论述了基于非开普勒轨道的自主天文导航机理，通过对高超声速临近空间飞行器受力分析，建立了动力学方程；利用矢量倒数法则推导出空间运动方程；设计了基于非开普勒轨道的状态模型和基于星光折射间接敏感地平的观测模型，采用卡尔曼滤波进行了仿真验证．仿真结果表明，基于非开普勒轨道的高超声速临近空间飞行器自主天文导航可达到较高的位置和速度精度．%In allusion to the problem that the aircraft autonomous celestial navigation is not suitable for the near space vehicles with hypersonic speed, an approach of the autonomous celestial navigation of near space vehicles with hypersonic speed based on non-Keplerian orbits is studied. Mechanism of the autonomous celestial navigation based on non-Keplerian is analyzed, and the dynamic equations are developed by analyzing the strength of near space vehicles with hypersonic speed. The space motion equation is educed using the vector derivatives rules. States model based on non-Keplerian orbits and measurement model using the concept of stellar horizon atmospheric refraction are de- signed, and the Kalman filter simulation is adopted. Results show that the autonomous celestial navigation of near space vehicles with hypersonic speed based on non-Keplerian orbits can meet the requirement of high precision for position and velocity, which is important for further research on the near space vehicles with hypersonic speed.
On the age and formation mechanism of the core of the Quadrantid meteoroid stream
Abedin, A.; Spurný, Pavel; Wiegert, P.; Pokorný, P.; Borovička, Jiří; Brown, P.
2015-01-01
Roč. 261, November (2015), s. 100-117. ISSN 0019-1035 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP209/11/1382 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 Keywords : asteroids * comets * dynamics Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics Impact factor: 3.038, year: 2014
We present the optical and X-ray properties of 68 galaxy clusters selected via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect at 148 GHz by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT). Our sample, from an area of 504 deg2 centered on the celestial equator, is divided into two regions. The main region uses 270 deg2 of the ACT survey that overlaps with the co-added ugriz imaging from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) over Stripe 82 plus additional near-infrared pointed observations with the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m telescope. We confirm a total of 49 clusters to z ≈ 1.3, of which 22 (all at z > 0.55) are new discoveries. For the second region, the regular-depth SDSS imaging allows us to confirm 19 more clusters up to z ≈ 0.7, of which 10 systems are new. We present the optical richness, photometric redshifts, and separation between the SZ position and the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG). We find no significant offset between the cluster SZ centroid and BCG location and a weak correlation between optical richness and SZ-derived mass. We also present X-ray fluxes and luminosities from the ROSAT All Sky Survey which confirm that this is a massive sample. One of the newly discovered clusters, ACT-CL J0044.4+0113 at z = 1.1 (photometric), has an integrated XMM-Newton X-ray temperature of kTX = 7.9 ± 1.0 keV and combined mass of M 200a = 8.2+3.3–2.5 × 1014 h –170 M ☉, placing it among the most massive and X-ray-hot clusters known at redshifts beyond z = 1. We also highlight the optically rich cluster ACT-CL J2327.4–0204 (RCS2 2327) at z = 0.705 (spectroscopic) as the most significant detection of the whole equatorial sample with a Chandra-derived mass of M 200a = 1.9+0.6–0.4 × 1015 h –170 M ☉, placing it in the ranks of the most massive known clusters like El Gordo and the Bullet Cluster.
Menanteau, Felipe; Hughes, John P. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, 136 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (United States); Sifon, Cristobal; Barrientos, L. Felipe; Duenner, Rolando; Infante, Leopoldo [Departamento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, Facultad de Fisica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Casilla 306, Santiago 22 (Chile); Battaglia, Nicholas [McWilliams Center for Cosmology, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (United States); Bond, J. Richard; Hajian, Amir; Hincks, Adam D. [Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3H8 (Canada); Crichton, Devin; Gralla, Megan; Marriage, Tobias A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218-2686 (United States); Das, Sudeep [High Energy Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S Cass Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439 (United States); Devlin, Mark J.; Dicker, Simon [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, 209 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Hasselfield, Matthew [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 (Canada); Hilton, Matt [Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (South Africa); Kosowsky, Arthur [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pittsburgh, 100 Allen Hall, 3941 O' Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (United States); Marsden, Danica [Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (United States); and others
2013-03-01
We present the optical and X-ray properties of 68 galaxy clusters selected via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect at 148 GHz by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT). Our sample, from an area of 504 deg{sup 2} centered on the celestial equator, is divided into two regions. The main region uses 270 deg{sup 2} of the ACT survey that overlaps with the co-added ugriz imaging from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) over Stripe 82 plus additional near-infrared pointed observations with the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m telescope. We confirm a total of 49 clusters to z Almost-Equal-To 1.3, of which 22 (all at z > 0.55) are new discoveries. For the second region, the regular-depth SDSS imaging allows us to confirm 19 more clusters up to z Almost-Equal-To 0.7, of which 10 systems are new. We present the optical richness, photometric redshifts, and separation between the SZ position and the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG). We find no significant offset between the cluster SZ centroid and BCG location and a weak correlation between optical richness and SZ-derived mass. We also present X-ray fluxes and luminosities from the ROSAT All Sky Survey which confirm that this is a massive sample. One of the newly discovered clusters, ACT-CL J0044.4+0113 at z = 1.1 (photometric), has an integrated XMM-Newton X-ray temperature of kT{sub X} = 7.9 {+-} 1.0 keV and combined mass of M {sub 200a} = 8.2{sup +3.3} {sub -2.5} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14} h {sup -1} {sub 70} M {sub Sun }, placing it among the most massive and X-ray-hot clusters known at redshifts beyond z = 1. We also highlight the optically rich cluster ACT-CL J2327.4-0204 (RCS2 2327) at z = 0.705 (spectroscopic) as the most significant detection of the whole equatorial sample with a Chandra-derived mass of M {sub 200a} = 1.9{sup +0.6} {sub -0.4} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} h {sup -1} {sub 70} M {sub Sun }, placing it in the ranks of the most massive known clusters like El Gordo and the Bullet Cluster.
火星探测器自主天文导航方法研究%Research on autonomous celestials navigation method of Mars probe
金鸿
2015-01-01
This thesis suggests an autonomous celestial navigation method which is based on celestial observation,which uses the angle informa-tion of Mars and its satellites( starlight angular distance),combined with the movement model of Mars probe. Then we can figure out the precise position( real time)of Mars probe with Unscented Kalman filter. The result from computer simulation proved to be effective.%提出了一种基于天文观测的火星探测器自主天文导航方法，该方法利用由星敏感器视场内测量得到的火星及其卫星和某一恒星之间的星光角距，结合火星探测器的运动模型，通过Unscented卡尔曼滤波方法，即可获得高精度的火星探测器实时位置信息，计算机仿真结果证明了该方法的有效性。
Global oscillations of a fluid torus as a modulation mechanism for black-hole high-frequency QPOs
Bursa, Michal
2005-01-01
Roč. 9, č. 326 (2005), s. 849-855. ISSN 0004-6337 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1003909 Keywords : black hole physics * gravitation * X-rays Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics Impact factor: 0.871, year: 2005
Mueller, T G; Nielbock, M; Lim, T; Teyssier, D; Olberg, M; Klaas, U; Linz, H; Altieri, B; Pearson, C; Bendo, G; Vilenius, E
2013-01-01
Celestial standards play a major role in observational astrophysics. They are needed to characterise the performance of instruments and are paramount for photometric calibration. During the Herschel Calibration Asteroid Preparatory Programme approximately 50 asteroids have been established as far-IR/sub-mm/mm calibrators for Herschel. The selected asteroids fill the flux gap between the sub-mm/mm calibrators Mars, Uranus and Neptune, and the mid-IR bright calibration stars. All three Herschel instruments observed asteroids for various calibration purposes, including pointing tests, absolute flux calibration, relative spectral response function, observing mode validation, and cross-calibration aspects. Here we present newly established models for the four large and well characterized main-belt asteroids (1) Ceres, (2) Pallas, (4) Vesta, and (21) Lutetia which can be considered as new prime flux calibrators. The relevant object-specific properties (size, shape, spin-properties, albedo, thermal properties) are w...
基于信息融合的自主天文导航方法%Method of autonomous celestial navigation based on information fusion
王鹏; 张迎春
2012-01-01
Direct sensing horizon and indirect sensing horizon are two typical kinds of autonomous celestial navigation method. Direct sensing horizon is simply and reliable, but the navigation precision that depends mainly on earth sensor is lower. Indirect sensing horizon gets horizon information by observing atmosphere refraction stellar using the star sensor. Because the numbers of refraction stellar and observing time are limited, the observed information is discontinuous. A new method of autonomous celestial navigation using both of the two methods based on information fusion is presented. The new information is imported when refraction stars cannot be observed. Simulation results show that the proposed method can improve the precision and reliability of the navigation system.%直接敏感地平和间接敏感地平是典型的两种自主天文导航方法,直接敏感地平简单可靠,但是由于地球敏感器精度较低,因此导航精度不高;利用星光折射的间接敏感地平精度较高,但是折射星数量有限并且观测时段较短.针对上述两种方法的缺点,提出一种基于信息融合的自主天文导航方法.当观测不到折射星时引入新信息,弥补间接敏感地平自主导航的不足.通过对多种导航模式进行数值仿真与分析,验证所设计方法提高了系统的导航精度和可靠性.
Discretization on the cosmic scale inspired from the Old Quantum Mechanics
Agnese, A. G.; Festa, R
1998-01-01
The Old Quantum Mechanics actions discretization rules for periodic motions on the atomic scale (Bohr-Sommerfeld) have been suitably modified in order to account the gravitational field instead of the electrostatic one. The new rules are used to calculate a few mechanical quantities pertinent to the periodic motions of celestial bodies. Several values have been obtained which result in reasonable agreement with the corresponding experimental data. A gravitational dimensionless structure const...
Discretization on the cosmic scale inspired from the Old Quantum Mechanics
Agnese, A G
1998-01-01
The Old Quantum Mechanics actions discretization rules for periodic motions on the atomic scale (Bohr-Sommerfeld) have been suitably modified in order to account the gravitational field instead of the electrostatic one. The new rules are used to calculate a few mechanical quantities pertinent to the periodic motions of celestial bodies. Several values have been obtained which result in reasonable agreement with the corresponding experimental data. A gravitational dimensionless structure constant has been determined, using the data relative to the solar sistem, which allows to quantitatively account for phenomena on a much wider scale. In particular, some information is acquired about the recently discovered extrasolar planetary systems and about the general empirical law which connects the spin of a celestial body with the square of its mass.
Shefer, V. A.; Shefer, O. V.
2016-05-01
Intermediate perturbed orbits, which were proposed earlier by the first author and are calculated based on three position vectors and three measurements of angular coordinates of a small celestial body, are examined. Provided that the reference time interval encompassing the measurements is short, these orbits are close in the accuracy of approximation of actual motion to an orbit with fourth-order tangency. The shorter the reference time interval is, the better is the approximation. The laws of variation of the errors of methods for constructing such intermediate orbits with the length of the reference time interval are formulated. According to these laws, the rate of convergence of the methods to an exact solution in the process of shortening of the reference time interval is, in general, three orders of magnitude higher than that of conventional methods relying on an unperturbed Keplerian orbit. The considered orbits are among the most accurate of their class that is defined by the order of tangency. The obtained theoretical results are verified by numerical experiments on determining the orbit of 99942 Apophis.
Bernardi, G; Brentjens, M A; Ciardi, B; Jelić, V; Koopmans, L V E; Labropoulos, P; Offringa, A; Pandey, V N; Schaye, J; Thomas, R M; Yatawatta, S; Zaroubi, S
2010-01-01
In the coming years a new insight into galaxy formation and the thermal history of the Universe is expected to come from the detection of the highly redshifted cosmological 21 cm line. The cosmological 21 cm line signal is buried under Galactic and extragalactic foregrounds which are likely to be a few orders of magnitude brighter. Strategies and techniques for effective subtraction of these foreground sources require a detailed knowledge of their structure in both intensity and polarization on the relevant angular scales of 1-30 arcmin. We present results from observations conducted with the Westerbork telescope in the 140-160 MHz range with 2 arcmin resolution in two fields located at intermediate Galactic latitude, centred around the bright quasar 3C196 and the North Celestial Pole. They were observed with the purpose of characterizing the foreground properties in sky areas where actual observations of the cosmological 21 cm line could be carried out. The polarization data were analysed through the rotatio...
Moskalenko, Igor V.; Porter, Troy A.; Digel, Seth W.; Michelson, Peter F.; Ormes, Jonathan F.
2007-12-17
We calculate the {gamma}-ray albedo flux from cosmic-ray (CR) interactions with the solid rock and ice in Main Belt asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) using the Moon as a template. We show that the {gamma}-ray albedo for the Main Belt and Kuiper Belt strongly depends on the small-body mass spectrum of each system and may be detectable by the forthcoming Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST). The orbits of the Main Belt asteroids and KBOs are distributed near the ecliptic, which passes through the Galactic center and high Galactic latitudes. If detected, the {gamma}-ray emission by the Main Belt and Kuiper Belt has to be taken into account when analyzing weak {gamma}-ray sources close to the ecliptic, especially near the Galactic center and for signals at high Galactic latitudes, such as the extragalactic {gamma}-ray emission. Additionally, it can be used to probe the spectrum of CR nuclei at close-to-interstellar conditions, and the mass spectrum of small bodies in the Main Belt and Kuiper Belt. The asteroid albedo spectrum also exhibits a 511 keV line due to secondary positrons annihilating in the rock. This may be an important and previously unrecognized celestial foreground for the INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) observations of the Galactic 511 keV line emission including the direction of the Galactic center.
Levy, David H
2011-01-01
When a dissertation gets completed, the normal rule is that it is never read. By anyone. David H. Levy’s dissertation - The Sky in Early Modern English Literature: A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1620 - is different. It opens a whole new interdisciplinary field, which involves the beautiful relationship between the night sky and the works of the early modern period of English Literature. Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, the period involving William Shakespeare and his colleagues is particularly rich. When Shakespeare was about 8 years old, his father probably took him outside his Stratford home into their northward-facing back yard. There, father and son gazed upon the first great new star visible in the past 500 years, shining forth as brightly as Venus, and even visible in daylight. This new star, which we now know as a supernova, completely unhinged old ideas about the cosmos. Com...
Taris, F.; Andrei, A.; Roland, J.; Klotz, A.; Vachier, F.; Souchay, J.
2016-03-01
Context. The Gaia astrometric mission of the European Space Agency was launched on December 2013. It will provide a catalog of 500 000 quasars. Some of these targets will be chosen to build an optical reference system that will be linked to the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF). The astrometric coordinates of these sources will have roughly the same uncertainty at both optical and radio wavelengths, and it is then mandatory to observe a common set of targets to build the link. In the ICRF, some targets have been chosen because of their pointlikeness. They are quoted as defining sources, and they ensure very good uncertainty about their astrometric coordinates. At optical wavelengths, a comparable uncertainty could be achieved for targets that do not exhibit strong astrophysical phenomena, which is a potential source of photocenter flickering. A signature of these phenomena is a magnitude variation at optical wavelengths. Aims: The goal of this work is to present the time series of 14 targets suitable for the link between the ICRF and the future Gaia Celestial Reference Frame. The observations have been done systematically by robotic telescopes in France and Chile once every two nights since 2011 and in two filters. These time series are analyzed to search for periodic or quasi-periodic phenomena that must be taken into account when computing the uncertainty about the astrometric coordinates. Methods: Two independent methods were used in this work to analyze the time series. We used the CLEAN algorithm to compare the frequency obtained to those given by the Lomb-Scargle method. It avoids misinterpreting the frequency peaks given in the periodograms. Results: For the 14 targets we determine some periods with a confidence level above 90% in each case. Some of the periods found in this work were not previously known. For the others, we did a comparative study of the periods previously studied by others and always confirm their values. All the periods given
Müller, Thomas; Balog, Zoltán; Nielbock, Markus; Lim, Tanya; Teyssier, David; Olberg, Michael; Klaas, Ulrich; Linz, Hendrik; Altieri, Bruno; Pearson, Chris; Bendo, George; Vilenius, Esa
2014-07-01
Celestial standards play a major role in observational astrophysics. They are needed to characterise the performance of instruments and are paramount for photometric calibration. During the Herschel Calibration Asteroid Preparatory Programme approximately 50 asteroids have been established as far-IR/sub-mm/mm calibrators for Herschel. The selected asteroids fill the flux gap between the sub-mm/mm calibrators Mars, Uranus and Neptune, and the mid-IR bright calibration stars. All three Herschel instruments observed asteroids for various calibration purposes, including pointing tests, absolute flux calibration, relative spectral response function, observing mode validation, and cross-calibration aspects. Here we present newly established models for the four large and well characterized main-belt asteroids (1) Ceres, (2) Pallas, (4) Vesta, and (21) Lutetia which can be considered as new prime flux calibrators. The relevant object-specific properties (size, shape, spin-properties, albedo, thermal properties) are well established. The seasonal (distance to Sun, distance to observer, phase angle, aspect angle) and daily variations (rotation) are included in a new thermophysical model setup for these targets. The thermophysical model predictions agree within 5 % with the available (and independently calibrated) Herschel measurements. The four objects cover the flux regime from just below 1,000 Jy (Ceres at mid-IR N-/Q-band) down to fluxes below 0.1 Jy (Lutetia at the longest wavelengths). Based on the comparison with PACS, SPIRE and HIFI measurements and pre-Herschel experience, the validity of these new prime calibrators ranges from mid-infrared to about 700 μm, connecting nicely the absolute stellar reference system in the mid-IR with the planet-based calibration at sub-mm/mm wavelengths.
Celestial dynamics chaoticity and dynamics of celestial systems
Dvorak, Rudolf
2013-01-01
Written by an internationally renowned expert author and researcher, this monograph fills the need for a book conveying the sophisticated tools needed to calculate exo-planet motion and interplanetary space flight. It is unique in considering the critical problems of dynamics and stability, making use of the software Mathematica, including supplements for practical use of the formulae.A must-have for astronomers and applied mathematicians alike.
Celestial Fireworks from Dying Stars
2011-04-01
This image of the nebula NGC 3582, which was captured by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences. These loops are thought to have been ejected by dying stars, but new stars are also being born within this stellar nursery. These energetic youngsters emit intense ultraviolet radiation that makes the gas in the nebula glow, producing the fiery display shown here. NGC 3582 is part of a large star-forming region in the Milky Way, called RCW 57. It lies close to the central plane of the Milky Way in the southern constellation of Carina (The Keel of Jason's ship, the Argo). John Herschel first saw this complex region of glowing gas and dark dust clouds in 1834, during his stay in South Africa. Some of the stars forming in regions like NGC 3582 are much heavier than the Sun. These monster stars emit energy at prodigious rates and have very short lives that end in explosions as supernovae. The material ejected from these dramatic events creates bubbles in the surrounding gas and dust. This is the probable cause of the loops visible in this picture. This image was taken through multiple filters. From the Wide Field Imager, data taken through a red filter are shown in green and red, and data taken through a filter that isolates the red glow characteristic of hydrogen are also shown in red. Additional infrared data from the Digitized Sky Survey are shown in blue. The image was processed by ESO using the observational data identified by Joe DePasquale, from the United States [1], who participated in ESO's Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition [2]. The competition was organised by ESO in October-November 2010, for everyone who enjoys making beautiful images of the night sky using astronomical data obtained using professional telescopes. Notes [1] Joe searched through ESO's archive and identified datasets that he used to compose his image of NGC 3582, which was the tenth highest ranked entry in the competition, out of almost 100 entries. His original work can be seen here. [2] ESO's Hidden Treasures 2010 competition gave amateur astronomers the opportunity to search through ESO's vast archives of astronomical data, hoping to find a well-hidden gem that needed polishing by the entrants. To find out more about Hidden Treasures, visit http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/hiddentreasures/. More information ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and VISTA, the world's largest survey telescope. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning a 42-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky".
COCO: Conversion of Celestial Coordinates
Wallace, Patrick
2014-06-01
The COCO program converts star coordinates from one system to another. Both the improved IAU system, post-1976, and the old pre-1976 system are supported. COCO can perform accurate transformations between multiple coordinate systems. COCO's user-interface is spartan but efficient and the program offers control over report resolution. All input is free-format, and defaults are provided where this is meaningful. COCO uses SLALIB (ascl:1403.025) and is distributed as part of the Starlink software collection (ascl:1110.012).
Celestial Blast in Bleak Reticulum
2005-08-01
The southern Reticulum constellation [1] certainly isn't a big hit for amateur astronomers. This tiny, bleak and diamond-shaped constellation, not far on the sky from the Large Magellanic Cloud, is often overlooked. But recently, astronomers had a closer look at a galaxy situated inside it. And more precisely at an exploding star hosted by the spiral galaxy NGC 1559 [2]. On the night of August 4, 2005, the renowned Australian amateur astronomer and SN discoverer Reverend Robert Evans discovered a supernova just North of the galaxy with his 0.31-m telescope. The supernova - the explosion of a star - was of magnitude 13.8, that is, only 20 times fainter than the entire host galaxy. Being the 104th supernova discovered in 2005, it received the name SN 2005df. Notably, Evans had already discovered 2 other supernovae in the same galaxy: in 1984 (SN 1984J) and in 1986 (SN 1986L). The following night, astronomer Marilena Salvo and her Australian colleagues classified the supernova as a somewhat unusual type Ia supernova, caught probably 10 days before it reached its maximum brightness. Such a supernova is thought to be the result of the explosion of a small and dense star - a white dwarf [3] - inside a binary system. As its companion was continuously spilling matter onto the white dwarf, the white dwarf reached a critical mass, leading to a fatal instability and the supernova. These are exactly a kind of supernovae in which Dietrich Baade, Ferdinando Patat (ESO), Lifan Wang (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA), and their colleagues are interested. In particular, they study the polarization properties of this kind of supernova in order to learn more about their asphericity, which holds important clues to the detailed physics that governs this terminal catastrophe in the life of such stars. Having an accepted observing programme that uses the FORS1 multi-mode instrument on Kueyen, one of the four Unit Telescopes of ESO's 8.2m Very Large Telescope at Cerro Paranal, they triggered a Target of Opportunity request so that on-duty astronomers at the VLT could observe this supernova, which was done on August 6. From a very first analysis of their data, Wang and his colleagues found that SN 2005df resembles closely another supernova they had studied before, SN 2001el, whose explosion they showed was significantly asymmetric (see ESO PR 23/03). NGC 1559 is a SBc(s)-type spiral galaxy [4] located about 50 million light-years away, that weighs the equivalent of about 10,000 million of suns, and is about 7 times smaller than our Milky Way: on the sky, it measures about 4x2 arcmin2. Receding from us at a speed of about 1,300 km/s, it is a galaxy of the Seyfert type. Such galaxies are characterized by a bright nucleus that radiates strongly in the blue and in the ultraviolet. Astronomers think that about 2 solar masses of gas per year are transformed into stars in this galaxy. Like most galaxies, NGC 1559 probably contains a black hole in its centre, which should have a mass that is equivalent to 300,000 suns. Technical Information: ESO PR Photo 26/05 is a composite based on four images taken with FORS1 on Kueyen (VLT) by Paul Vreeswijk, Dominique Naef and Chris Lidman (ESO) for Dietrich Baade, Ferdinando Patat, and Lifan Wang. The images were taken through different filters: V, R, I, and a narrow-band filter centred on the H-alpha line. The exposure time is 60 seconds in the three broad-band filters (V, R and I) and 3 min in the H-alpha filter. The field of view is 5.5 x 4.7 arcmin2. North is up and East is to the left.
Kharakoz D. P.
2011-04-01
Full Text Available Earlier, the shape of histograms of the results of measurements obtained in processes of different physical nature had been shown to be determined by cosmophysical factors. Appearance of histograms of a similar shape is repeated periodically: these are the near-a-day, near-27-days and annual periods of increased probability of the similar shapes. There are two distinctly distinguished near-a-day periods: the sidereal-day (1,436 minutes and solar-day (1,440 minutes ones. The annual periods are represented by three sub-periods: the "calendar" (365 average solar days, "tropical" (365 days 5 hours and 48 minutes and "sidereal" (365 days 6 hours and 9 minutes ones. The tropical year period indicates that fact that histogram shape depends on the time elapsed since the spring equinox.The latter dependence is studied in more details in this work. We demonstrate that the appearance of similar histograms is highly probable at the same time count off from the moments of equinoxes, independent from the geographic location where the measurements had been performed: in Pushchino, Moscow Region (54 deg NL, 37 deg EL, and in Novolazarevskaya, Antarctic (70 deg SL, 11 deg EL. The sequence of the changed histogram shapes observed at the spring equinoxes was found to be opposite to that observed at the autumnal equinoxes. As the moments of equinoxes are defined by the cross of the celestial equator by Sun, we also studied that weather is not the same as observed at the moments when the celestial equator was crossed by other celestial bodies - the Moon, Venus, Mars and Mercury. Let us, for simplicity, refer to these moments as a similar term "planetary equinoxes". The regularities observed at these "planetary equinoxes" had been found to be the same as in the case of true solar equinoxes. In this article, we confine ourselves to considering the phenomenological observations only; their theoretical interpretation is supposed to be subject of further studies.
董强; 马彩文; 李艳; 杨晓许; 袁辉
2015-01-01
针对平台式机载天文自主导航系统载体振动对导航系统定位精度的影响问题，理论分析了载体对导航平台影响的振动形式，给出振动角位移是主要影响量的结论。研究了天文导航系统的单星定位导航建模思路，根据振动角位移的特点给出了角位移补偿中近似坐标转换矩阵。设计了振动实验，建立了定位模型，给出了载体振动主要以角位移的形式将误差传递给导航系统平台。试验结果表明：振动角位移带来的误差为天文导航定位的主要影响因素，X、Y轴200″的轴向振动角位移带给天文导航系统的定位误差近似为600 m。%For the issue of the influence of aircraft vibration on the navigation system positioning accuracy based on airborne autonomous celestial navigation system, an analysis of navigation platform vibration influenced from aircraft was preceded.Furthermore, a conclusion was given that the main factor is vibration angular displacement.Next, a single stellar positioning model in the celestial navigation system was established.According to the characteristics of vibration angular displacement, the similar coordinate transformation matrix in the angular displacement compensa-tion was given.The results of vibration experiment and positioning model simulation validated that the angular vibra-tion is the main error propagation to navigation system platform.The positioning error of celestial navigation system is 600 m when vibration angular displacement is 200 s along the x and y axis.
Paulo Sergio Bretones
2011-01-01
Full Text Available Este é um estudo sobre a elaboração do conceito de movimento diário da esfera celeste por um grupo de professores de Ciências e Geografia de 5ª a 8ª séries, participantes de um curso de Astronomia. Os resultados baseiam-se, sobretudo, na análise de suas respostas às perguntas das avaliações e em registros de aulas do curso. Discutem-se: a relação entre as respostas dos participantes, seus relatos sobre suas observações, e o desenvolvimento de conteúdos referentes ao movimento de constelações. Apresentam-se as elaborações de sequências da evolução conceitual do grupo e sua relação com a prática e a teoria trabalhadas no curso. Tais elaborações revelam os princípios relacionados à observação do céu: relação da altura do polo celeste com a latitude geográfica, obliquidade, continuidade do movimento, circularidade, tridimensionalidade e ciclicidade. O estudo sugere que esses princípios, usados como guias heurísticos, seriam úteis para o ensino da observação do céu.This work presents a study about the concept formation of the daily motion of the celestial sphere by a group of middle school teachers participants of an Astronomy course. The results are based on the analyses of the answers of these teachers for the questions made in the check tests and the records from the classes of the course. It is studied the relation between the answers, the accounts of the sky observations by the participants and the development of the contents about the daily motion of the celestial sphere. The elaborations of sequences of the verified conceptual evolution by the group and its relation with the theory develop in the course are presented. After a closer look at the elaborations of the participants, some principles were revealed: the elevation of the celestial pole to geographic latitude, obliquity, continuity of motion, circularity, tri-dimensionality and cyclicity. The study suggests that these principles shoud be used
王融; 熊智; 刘建业; 钟丽娜
2013-01-01
The traditional inertial/celestial integrated navigation system (INS/CNS) is inapplicable for hypersonic vehicle, because it can’t work under the body coordinate accordance and single-star visible condition. In this paper, a tightly-coupled INS/GPS/CNS integrated navigation scheme for hypersonic vehicle is investigated. The new INS/CNS integrated model is built based on transformational relation between starlight elevation/azimuth and INS errors. The new model can stabilize the measurement noise characteristic and work under single-star visible condition, thus can improve the continuity and accuracy of INS/CNS integration. The simulation of hypersonic vehicle navigation indicates that, the system assisted by celestial angle observation shows 60%-70% improvement in attitude accuracy than the unassisted system.%常规惯性/天文组合导航方法难以直接应用于高超声速飞行器机载环境下以载体系为基准进行星光测量的情况，且在可见星只有一颗时无法连续组合。为此，构建了高超声速飞行器惯性/卫星/天文紧组合导航系统方案，通过分析载体系下星光仰角、方位角与惯导误差之间的转换关系，建立了载体系下惯性/天文角度组合模型。理论分析表明，该系统在只有一颗导航星时仍能辅助惯导工作，且可使观测噪声特性保持稳定，从而提高了天文对惯导辅助的连续性和组合滤波估计精度。仿真结果表明，在高超声速飞行器导航系统采用天文角度辅助后，姿态误差较无天文辅助情况的降低60%~70%。
大行星、月球和小天体环绕型探测器的轨道问题%Orbits of Orbiting Probes Around Planets, Moon and Small Celestial Bodies
刘林; 汤靖师
2012-01-01
The features of orbiting probes around celestial major bodies are discussed. The major bodies are selected with different physical characteristics, depending on their masses which determine the influence sphere and their density distributions and shapes which determine the gravity field. The possible motions and different characteristics of the orbiting probes around respective celestial bodies are discussed in detail, together with the discussion on two forms of formation flying. Lunar probes, whose energy dissipation is not a concern as for planetary probes, still have a problem on orbit life. Since the lunar mass distribution is not uniform, the orbit life is closely related to the orbit inclination. For Mars probes, although similar phenomenon exists, the rela- tion with orbit inclination is different. These major features of orbit variation can be used to serve the orbit design and selection in deep space exploration.%针对环绕型探测器的轨道,以具有不同物理特征的大天体（金星、火星和月球等）为例,根据它们的质量大小（决定其引力作用范围的大小）、密度分布和形状特征（决定其非球形引力场的特征）,具体阐述了它们各自环绕型探测器轨道的可能形式和不同的变化特征,另外介绍了小天体探测时的两种伴飞形式。关于环绕型探测器的轨道特征,如月球无大气,对其低轨探测器而言没有能量耗散影响,却同样有轨道寿命问题,而且由于其质量分布不均匀,这种现象还与轨道倾角有密切关系;而对火星的环绕型探测器而言,尽管有类似现象,但与轨道倾角的关系却大不相同。这些重要的轨道变化特征,可为深空探测中目标轨道的选择和设计提供依据。
Jacobs, Christopher S.; de Vicente, J.; Dugast, M.; García-Miró, C.; Goodhart, C. E.; Horiuchi, S.; Lowe, S. T.; Maddè, R.; Mercolino, M.; Naudet, C. J.; Snedeker, L. G.; Sotuela, I.; White, L. A.
2013-03-01
In order to extend the X/Ka-band (8.4/32 GHz) Celestial Reference Frame coverage over the south polar cap region of declinations -45 to -90 deg, we developed a collaboration between the NASA and ESA Deep Space Networks. In particular ESA's new 35-meter X/Ka-band antenna in Malargüe, Argentina which became operational in January 2013 is now available for X/Ka VLBI baselines to NASA's antennas in Tidbinbilla, Australia; Goldstone, California; and Robledo, Spain. We report first fringes on baselines from Malargüe to Tidbinbilla, Goldstone, and Robledo using a semi-portable digital backend recording at 256 Mbps. To the best of our knowledge the Giga-lambda Malargüe-Tidbinbilla baseline is producing the highest resolution interferometry ever achieved over the south polar cap. We will present the distribution of Ka-band sources detected on this all-southern baseline. Lastly, we will discuss the prospects for using these new baselines to improve the astrometric accuracy of the X/Ka frame in the southern hemisphere.
Gravitational mechanism of active life of the Earth, planets and satellites
Barkin, Yury
2010-05-01
From positions of geodynamic model of the forced gravitational swing, wobble and displacements of shells of a planet are studied and fundamental problems of geodynamics, geology, geophysics, planetary sciences are solved etc.: 1) The mechanism of cyclic variations of activity of natural processes in various time scales. 2) The power of endogenous activity of planetary natural processes on planets and satellites. 3) The phenomenon of polar inversion of natural processes on planets and satellites. 4) Spasmodic and catastrophic changes of activity of natural processes. 5) The phenomenon of twisting of hemispheres (latitude zones or belts) of celestial bodies. 6) Formation of the pear-shaped form of celestial bodies and the mechanism of its change. 7) The ordered planetary structures of geological formations. 8) The phenomena of bipolarity of celestial bodies and antipodality of geology formations. Mechanism. The fundamental feature of a structure of celestial bodies is their shell structure. The most investigated is the internal structure of the Earth. For the Moon and wide set of other bodies of solar system models of an internal structure have been constructed on the basis of the data of observations obtained at studying of their gravitational fields as a result of realization of the appropriate space missions. The basic components for the majority of celestial bodies are the core, the mantle and the crust. To other shells we concern atmospheres (for example, at Venus, Mars, the Titan etc.) and oceanic shells (the Titan, the Earth, Enceladus etc.). Shells are the complex (composite) formations. Planets and satellites are not spherical celestial bodies. The centers of mass of shells of the given planet (or the satellite) and their appropriate principal axes of inertia do not coincide. Accordingly, all their shells are characterized by the certain dynamic oblatenesses. Differences of dynamical oblatenesses results in various forced influences of external celestial
Sami Chalhoub
2009-12-01
Full Text Available Various astronomy subjects arose from scientific, social, and religious circumstances which were ruling in Islamic Arabic Civilized Age. These circumstances played basic role in directing this science and branching it into suitable branches. One of the plenty subjects which this science discuss it in Islamic, Arabic civilization is planet figure science which describe celestial figure and pinpoint the location of stars in length and width. The importance of this research comes out that it will study the relation between this branch of astrology's branches and astronomy through studying celestial figures in sign of the zodiac in the Comprehensive Reference to Rules in Ibn Hibinta's Manuscript of Astrology (Al-Mughni Fi Ahkam Al- Nujum to support studied Arabic astrological texts which is till nowadays still very few.
van Deventer, M. Oskar
2009-01-01
The basis of a good mechanical puzzle is often a puzzling mechanism. This article will introduce some new puzzling mechanisms, like two knots that engage like gears, a chain whose links can be interchanged, and flat gears that do not come apart. It illustrates how puzzling mechanisms can be transformed into real mechanical puzzles, e.g., by…
Duerr, Detlef; Goldstein, Sheldon; Tumulka, Roderich; Zanghi, Nino
2009-01-01
Bohmian mechanics is a theory about point particles moving along trajectories. It has the property that in a world governed by Bohmian mechanics, observers see the same statistics for experimental results as predicted by quantum mechanics. Bohmian mechanics thus provides an explanation of quantum mechanics. Moreover, the Bohmian trajectories are defined in a non-conspiratorial way by a few simple laws.
Sami Chalhoub; Rula Ali
2009-01-01
Various astronomy subjects arose from scientific, social, and religious circumstances which were ruling in Islamic Arabic Civilized Age. These circumstances played basic role in directing this science and branching it into suitable branches. One of the plenty subjects which this science discuss it in Islamic, Arabic civilization is planet figure science which describe celestial figure and pinpoint the location of stars in length and width. The importance of this research comes out that it wil...
Couroussé, Damien
2007-01-01
Mechanical impedance is a transposition to mechanics of the term impedance that is used and defined in circuit theory. The theory of circuit (theory of Kirchhoff networks) is basically applicable to electric networks but can be considered more generally as a unifying simplified theory of physics available in several domains like mechanics, electromagnetism, aero-acoustics and fluids mechanics.
Spencer, A J M
2004-01-01
The mechanics of fluids and the mechanics of solids represent the two major areas of physics and applied mathematics that meet in continuum mechanics, a field that forms the foundation of civil and mechanical engineering. This unified approach to the teaching of fluid and solid mechanics focuses on the general mechanical principles that apply to all materials. Students who have familiarized themselves with the basic principles can go on to specialize in any of the different branches of continuum mechanics. This text opens with introductory chapters on matrix algebra, vectors and Cartesian ten
Celestial Beauty Leads The Hainan Airlines
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2005-01-01
Based on the corporate culture of"intemally cultivating the spirit with the essence of the traditional Chinese culture,and externally combining the advanced western management and technology",Hainan Airlines Company Limited (hereinafter called HNA) has turned from a new soaring airlines to the fourth biggest airlines in China.……
Celestial Beauty Leads The Hainan Airlines
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2005-01-01
@@ Based on the corporate culture of"intemally cultivating the spirit with the essence of the traditional Chinese culture,and externally combining the advanced western management and technology",Hainan Airlines Company Limited (hereinafter called HNA) has turned from a new soaring airlines to the fourth biggest airlines in China.
Near Earth Asteroids:The Celestial Chariots
Green, Marc; Lacroix, Tom; Marchetto, Jordan; McCaffrey, Erik; Scougal, Erik; Humi, Mayer
2013-01-01
In this paper we put forward a proposal to use Near Earth Objects as radiation shield for deep space exploration. In principle these objects can provide also a spacious habitat for the astronauts and their supplies on their journeys. We undertake also a detailed assessment of this proposal for a mission from Earth to Mars.
Theories of figures of celestial bodies
Jardetzky, Wenceslas S
2005-01-01
Everything in the universe rotates: the meteors, the asteroids, the planets and their satellites, the sun, the stars, the clusters and nebulae, even the galaxies themselves. The problem of the shape of a rotating body is therefore universal in astronomy. Its treatment in this book, which deals with the figures of equilibrium and distortions of rotating bodies, is full and rigorous.Suitable for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, this text was written by a renowned researcher and educator who taught at Columbia University and served for many years as a research associate at the La
Stellar alchemy. The celestial origin of atoms
Cassé, Michel
Why do the stars shine? What messages can we read in the light they send to us from the depths of the night? Nuclear astrophysics is a fascinating discipline, and enables connections to be made between atoms, stars, and human beings. Through modern astronomy, scientists have managed to unravel the full history of the chemical elements, and to understand how they originated and evolved into all the elements that compose our surroundings today. The transformation of metals into gold, something once dreamed of by alchemists, is a process commonly occurring in the cores of massive stars. But the most exciting revelation is the intimate connection that humanity itself has with the debris of exploded stars. This engaging account of nucleosynthesis in stars, and the associated chemical evolution of the Universe, is suitable for the general reader.
VISTA Captures Celestial Cat's Hidden Secrets
2010-04-01
The Cat's Paw Nebula, NGC 6334, is a huge stellar nursery, the birthplace of hundreds of massive stars. In a magnificent new ESO image taken with the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, the glowing gas and dust clouds obscuring the view are penetrated by infrared light and some of the Cat's hidden young stars are revealed. Towards the heart of the Milky Way, 5500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius (the Scorpion), the Cat's Paw Nebula stretches across 50 light-years. In visible light, gas and dust are illuminated by hot young stars, creating strange reddish shapes that give the object its nickname. A recent image by ESO's Wide Field Imager (WFI) at the La Silla Observatory (eso1003) captured this visible light view in great detail. NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy. VISTA, the latest addition to ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert, is the world's largest survey telescope (eso0949). It works at infrared wavelengths, seeing right through much of the dust that is such a beautiful but distracting aspect of the nebula, and revealing objects hidden from the sight of visible light telescopes. Visible light tends to be scattered and absorbed by interstellar dust, but the dust is nearly transparent to infrared light. VISTA has a main mirror that is 4.1 metres across and it is equipped with the largest infrared camera on any telescope. It shares the spectacular viewing conditions with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), which is located on the nearby summit. With this powerful instrument at their command, astronomers were keen to see the birth pains of the big young stars in the Cat's Paw Nebula, some nearly ten times the mass of the Sun. The view in the infrared is strikingly different from that in visible light. With the dust obscuring the view far less, they can learn much more about how these stars form and develop in their first few million years of life. VISTA's very wide field of view allows the whole star-forming region to be imaged in one shot with much greater clarity than ever before. The VISTA image is filled with countless stars of our Milky Way galaxy overlaid with spectacular tendrils of dark dust that are seen here fully for the first time. The dust is sufficiently thick in places to block even the near-infrared radiation to which VISTA's camera is sensitive. In many of the dusty areas, such as those close to the centre of the picture, features that appear orange are apparent - evidence of otherwise hidden active young stars and their accompanying jets. Further out though, slightly older stars are laid bare to VISTA's vision, revealing the processes taking them from their first nuclear fusion along the unsteady path of the first few million years of their lives. The VISTA telescope is now embarking on several big surveys of the southern sky that will take years to complete. The telescope's large mirror, high quality images, sensitive camera and huge field of view make it by far the most powerful infrared survey telescope on Earth. As this striking image shows, VISTA will keep astronomers busy analysing data they could not have otherwise acquired. This cat is out of the bag. More information ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. It is supported by 14 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and VISTA, the world's largest survey telescope. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning a 42-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky".
Energy Gain Process of a Celestial Body
Dr. Shobha Lal; Rajesh Saxena
2014-01-01
The article considered in this paper attempts to explain the astrophysical phenomena of „dark energy‟ and „dark matter‟ as curvature effects in a modified theory of gravity. The deviations of this theory from Einstein‟s general relativity are not expected to be observed on Solar System scales, but are relevant on galactic or higher scales. These properties allow the theory to survive Solar System tests of general relativity that currently constrain such models (for instance, [...
Energy Gain Process of a Celestial Body
Dr. Shobha Lal
2014-03-01
Full Text Available The article considered in this paper attempts to explain the astrophysical phenomena of „dark energy‟ and „dark matter‟ as curvature effects in a modified theory of gravity. The deviations of this theory from Einstein‟s general relativity are not expected to be observed on Solar System scales, but are relevant on galactic or higher scales. These properties allow the theory to survive Solar System tests of general relativity that currently constrain such models (for instance, [1] finds that GR holds in the Solar System to within 0.5%, but still permit it to provide an alternative explanation of dark matter and dark energy. In order to understand the proposed explanation however, one must first review what cosmologists mean by dark matter and dark energy, why they are largely required in the standard cosmological model, and what kind of observational evidence would an alternative model have to match.
Betten, Josef
2008-01-01
This book explores recent advances in the mathematical modeling of the mechanical behavior of anisotropic solids under creep conditions. It also offers an overview of other experimental investigations in creep mechanics.
Risitano, Antonino
2011-01-01
METHODOLOGICAL STATEMENT OF ENGINEERING DESIGNApproaches to product design and developmentMechanical design and environmental requirementsPROPERTIES OF ENGINEERING MATERIALSMaterials for mechanical designCharacterization of metalsStress conditionsFatigue of materialsOptimum material selection in mechanical designDESIGN OF MECHANICAL COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMSFailure theoriesHertz theoryLubrificationShafts and bearingsSplines and keysSpringsFlexible machine elementsSpur gearsPress and shrink fitsPressure tubesCouplingsClutchesBrakes
The Antikythera Mechanism: The oldest mechanical universe in its scientific milieu
Moussas, Xenophon
2011-06-01
In this review the oldest known advanced astronomical instrument and dedicated analogue computer is presented, in context. The Antikythera Mechanism a mysterious device, assumed to be ahead of its time, probably made around 150 to 100 BCE, has been found in a 1st century BCE shipwreck near the island of Antikythera in a huge ship full of Greek treasures that were on their way to Rome. The Antikythera Mechanism is a clock-like device made of bronze gears, which looks much more advanced than its contemporary technological achievements. It is based on mathematics attributed to the Hipparchus and possibly carries knowledge and tradition that goes back to Archimedes, who according to ancient texts constructed several automata, including astronomical devices, a mechanical planetarium and a celestial sphere. The Antikythera Mechanism probably had a beautiful and expensive box; looking possibly like a very elaborate miniature Greek Temple, perhaps decorated with golden ornaments, of an elegant Hellenistic style, even perhaps with automatic statuettes, `daemons', functioning as pointers that performed some of its operations. Made out of appropriately tailored trains of gears that enable to perform specialised calculations, the mechanism carries concentric scales and pointers, in one side showing the position of the Sun in the ecliptic and the sky, possibly giving the time, hour of the day or night, like a clock. The position of the Moon and its phase is also shown during the month. On the other side of the Mechanism, having probably the size of a box (main part 32×20×6 cm), are two large spiral scales with two pointers showing the time in two different very long calendars, the first one concerning the eclipses, and lasting 18 years 11 days and 8 hours, the Saros period, repeating the solar and lunar eclipses, and enabling their prediction, and the 19 year cycle of Meton, that is the period the Moon reappears in the same place of the sky, with the same phase. An additional
This paper reviews the role of time throughout all phases of mechanics: classical mechanics, non-relativistic quantum mechanics, and relativistic quantum theory. As an example of the relativistic quantum field theory, the case of a massless scalar field interacting with an arbitrary external current is discussed. The comparison between the new discrete theory and the usual continuum formalism is presented. An example is given of a two-dimensional random lattice and its duel. The author notes that there is no evidence that the discrete mechanics is more appropriate than the usual continuum mechanics
Caltagirone, Jean-Paul
2014-01-01
This book presents the fundamental principles of mechanics to re-establish the equations of Discrete Mechanics. It introduces physics and thermodynamics associated to the physical modeling. The development and the complementarity of sciences lead to review today the old concepts that were the basis for the development of continuum mechanics. The differential geometry is used to review the conservation laws of mechanics. For instance, this formalism requires a different location of vector and scalar quantities in space. The equations of Discrete Mechanics form a system of equations where the H
Restrepo-Giraldo, John Dairo
2006-01-01
Most products and machines involve some kind of controlled movement. From window casements to DVD players, from harbor cranes to the shears to prune your garden, all these machines require mechanisms to move. This course intends to provide the analytical and conceptual tools to design such mechan......Most products and machines involve some kind of controlled movement. From window casements to DVD players, from harbor cranes to the shears to prune your garden, all these machines require mechanisms to move. This course intends to provide the analytical and conceptual tools to design...... using criteria such as size, performance parameters, operation environment, etc. Content: Understanding Mechanisms Design (2 weeks) Definitions, mechanisms representations, kinematic diagrams, the four bar linkage, mobility, applications of mechanisms, types of mechanisms, special mechanisms, the design...... and acceleration determination (2 weeks) Graphical position analysis, analytical position analysis, graphical velocity analysis, analytical velocity analysis, instant centers, velocity analysis using instant centers, transfer functions, conservation of energy and power, virtual work, quality of mechanisms, summary...
Muniz Oliva, Waldyr
2002-01-01
Geometric Mechanics here means mechanics on a pseudo-riemannian manifold and the main goal is the study of some mechanical models and concepts, with emphasis on the intrinsic and geometric aspects arising in classical problems. The first seven chapters are written in the spirit of Newtonian Mechanics while the last two ones as well as two of the four appendices describe the foundations and some aspects of Special and General Relativity. All the material has a coordinate free presentation but, for the sake of motivation, many examples and exercises are included in order to exhibit the desirable flavor of physical applications.
Şengül, Caner
2016-01-01
College Mechanics QueBank has been designed to be different, enthusiastic, interesting and helpful to you. Therefore, it is not just a test bank about mechanics but also it is like a compass in order to find your way in mechanics Each chapter in this book is put in an order to follow a hierarchy of the mechanics topics; from vectors to simple harmonic motion. Throughout the book there are many multiple choice and long answer questions for you to solve. They have been created for YGS, LYS, SAT, IB or other standardized exams in the world because mechanics has no boundaries and so Physics has no country. Learn the main principle of each chapter and explore the daily life applications. Then you can start to solve the questions by planning a problem solving method carefully. Finally, enjoy solving the questions and discover the meachanics of the universe once more.
Rae, Alastair I M
2016-01-01
A Thorough Update of One of the Most Highly Regarded Textbooks on Quantum Mechanics Continuing to offer an exceptionally clear, up-to-date treatment of the subject, Quantum Mechanics, Sixth Edition explains the concepts of quantum mechanics for undergraduate students in physics and related disciplines and provides the foundation necessary for other specialized courses. This sixth edition builds on its highly praised predecessors to make the text even more accessible to a wider audience. It is now divided into five parts that separately cover broad topics suitable for any general course on quantum mechanics. New to the Sixth Edition * Three chapters that review prerequisite physics and mathematics, laying out the notation, formalism, and physical basis necessary for the rest of the book * Short descriptions of numerous applications relevant to the physics discussed, giving students a brief look at what quantum mechanics has made possible industrially and scientifically * Additional end-of-chapter problems with...
Mofrad, Mohammad R. K.; Kamm, Roger D.
2011-08-01
1. Introduction and the biological basis for cell mechanics Mohammad R. K. Mofrad and Roger Kamm; 2. Experimental measurements of intracellular mechanics Paul Janmey and Christoph Schmidt; 3. The cytoskeleton as a soft glassy material Jeffrey Fredberg and Ben Fabry; 4. Continuum elastic or viscoelastic models for the cell Mohammad R. K. Mofrad, Helene Karcher and Roger Kamm; 5. Multiphasic models of cell mechanics Farshid Guuilak, Mansoor A. Haider, Lori A. Setton, Tod A. Laursen and Frank P. T. Baaijens; 6. Models of cytoskeletal mechanics based on tensegrity Dimitrije Stamenovic; 7. Cells, gels and mechanics Gerald H. Pollack; 8. Polymer-based models of cytoskeletal networks F. C. MacKintosh; 9. Cell dynamics and the actin cytoskeleton James L. McGrath and C. Forbes Dewey, Jr; 10. Active cellular motion: continuum theories and models Marc Herant and Micah Dembo; 11. Summary Mohammad R. K. Mofrad and Roger Kamm.
Zehnder, Alan T
2012-01-01
Fracture mechanics is a vast and growing field. This book develops the basic elements needed for both fracture research and engineering practice. The emphasis is on continuum mechanics models for energy flows and crack-tip stress- and deformation fields in elastic and elastic-plastic materials. In addition to a brief discussion of computational fracture methods, the text includes practical sections on fracture criteria, fracture toughness testing, and methods for measuring stress intensity factors and energy release rates. Class-tested at Cornell, this book is designed for students, researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and contributing to a diverse and vital field of knowledge. Alan Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1988. Since then he has served in a number of leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He teaches applied mechanics and his research t...
Wilson, Theodore A
2016-01-01
This book thoroughly covers each subfield of respiratory mechanics: pulmonary mechanics, the respiratory pump, and flow. It presents the current understanding of the field and serves as a guide to the scientific literature from the golden age of respiratory mechanics, 1960 - 2010. Specific topics covered include the contributions of surface tension and tissue forces to lung recoil, the gravitational deformation of the lung, and the interdependence forces that act on pulmonary airways and blood vessels. The geometry and kinematics of the ribs is also covered in detail, as well as the respiratory action of the external and internal intercostal muscles, the mechanics of the diaphragm, and the quantitative compartmental models of the chest wall is also described. Additionally, flow in the airways is covered thoroughly, including the wave-speed and viscous expiratory flow-limiting mechanisms; convection, diffusion and the stationary front; and the distribution of ventilation. This is an ideal book for respiratory ...
Bohmian mechanics contradicts quantum mechanics
Neumaier, Arnold
2000-01-01
It is shown that, for a harmonic oscillator in the ground state, Bohmian mechanics and quantum mechanics predict values of opposite sign for certain time correlations. The discrepancy can be explained by the fact that Bohmian mechanics has no natural way to accomodate the Heisenberg picture, since the local expectation values that define the beables of the theory depend on the Heisenberg time being used to define the operators. Relations to measurement are discussed, too, and shown to leave n...
Kundu, Pijush K; Dowling, David R
2011-01-01
Fluid mechanics, the study of how fluids behave and interact under various forces and in various applied situations-whether in the liquid or gaseous state or both-is introduced and comprehensively covered in this widely adopted text. Revised and updated by Dr. David Dowling, Fluid Mechanics, 5e is suitable for both a first or second course in fluid mechanics at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level. Along with more than 100 new figures, the text has been reorganized and consolidated to provide a better flow and more cohesion of topics.Changes made to the
Powell, John L
2015-01-01
Suitable for advanced undergraduates, this thorough text focuses on the role of symmetry operations and the essentially algebraic structure of quantum-mechanical theory. Based on courses in quantum mechanics taught by the authors, the treatment provides numerous problems that require applications of theory and serve to supplement the textual material.Starting with a historical introduction to the origins of quantum theory, the book advances to discussions of the foundations of wave mechanics, wave packets and the uncertainty principle, and an examination of the Schrödinger equation that includ
Lenarcic, Jadran; Stanišić, Michael M
2013-01-01
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the area of robot mechanisms, primarily considering industrial manipulators and humanoid arms. The book is intended for both teaching and self-study. Emphasis is given to the fundamentals of kinematic analysis and the design of robot mechanisms. The coverage of topics is untypical. The focus is on robot kinematics. The book creates a balance between theoretical and practical aspects in the development and application of robot mechanisms, and includes the latest achievements and trends in robot science and technology.
This book, based on a thirty lecture course given to students at the beginning of their second year, covers the quantum mechanics required by physics undergraduates. Early chapters deal with wave mechanics, including a discussion of the energy states of the hydrogen atom. These are followed by a more formal development of the theory, leading to a discussion of some advanced applications and an introduction to the conceptual problems associated with quantum measurement theory. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Problems are included at the end of each chapter. (U.K.)
Gilkey, Jeffrey C.; Duesterhaus, Michelle A.; Peter, Frank J.; Renn, Rosemarie A.; Baker, Michael S.
2006-08-15
A first-in-first-out (FIFO) microelectromechanical memory apparatus (also termed a mechanical memory) is disclosed. The mechanical memory utilizes a plurality of memory cells, with each memory cell having a beam which can be bowed in either of two directions of curvature to indicate two different logic states for that memory cell. The memory cells can be arranged around a wheel which operates as a clocking actuator to serially shift data from one memory cell to the next. The mechanical memory can be formed using conventional surface micromachining, and can be formed as either a nonvolatile memory or as a volatile memory.
Matzner, Richard A
1991-01-01
An advanced physics textbook that explains the mathematical and physical concepts of mechanics and their relationship to other branches of physics. Topics covered include tensor analysis, variational principles and Lagrangians, canonical transformations and estimation techniques.
Gross, Dietmar; Schröder, Jörg; Wall, Wolfgang A; Rajapakse, Nimal
Statics is the first volume of a three-volume textbook on Engineering Mechanics. The authors, using a time-honoured straightforward and flexible approach, present the basic concepts and principles of mechanics in the clearest and simplest form possible to advanced undergraduate engineering students of various disciplines and different educational backgrounds. An important objective of this book is to develop problem solving skills in a systematic manner. Another aim of this volume is to provide engineering students as well as practising engineers with a solid foundation to help them bridge the gap between undergraduate studies on the one hand and advanced courses on mechanics and/or practical engineering problems on the other. The book contains numerous examples, along with their complete solutions. Emphasis is placed upon student participation in problem solving. The contents of the book correspond to the topics normally covered in courses on basic engineering mechanics at universities and colleges. Now in i...
Some problems in classical mechanics and relativistic astrophysics
The first part of this thesis is indirectly related to high energy astrophysics. It concerns the study of binary systems consisting of a normal star and a neutronstar or a black hole. To interpret the observations from such a system; in X-ray, UV, optical, infrared and radio wavelengths; it is helpful to have a general idea of the evolution of the orbital and rotational parameters. Here we enter the old field of classical mechanics, in the form of celestial mechanics. In particular the effects of tidal interaction, precession, and sudden mass loss are treated. The second part starts with an article on thought experiments with a charged black hole enclosed in a huge box and in equilibrium with its own radiation. In this way the thermodynamic aspects of the Hawking radiation are fully explored. The connection between physical and kinematical cosmological parameters, as predicted by general relativity are explored. It is shown how the standard big bang model of cosmology restricts the possible properties of some elementary particle types. The theory of white dwarf structure is compared with observations in order to put low-energy constraints on (super) gravity theories. (Auth.)
Goudreau, G.L.
1993-03-01
The Computational Mechanics thrust area sponsors research into the underlying solid, structural and fluid mechanics and heat transfer necessary for the development of state-of-the-art general purpose computational software. The scale of computational capability spans office workstations, departmental computer servers, and Cray-class supercomputers. The DYNA, NIKE, and TOPAZ codes have achieved world fame through our broad collaborators program, in addition to their strong support of on-going Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) programs. Several technology transfer initiatives have been based on these established codes, teaming LLNL analysts and researchers with counterparts in industry, extending code capability to specific industrial interests of casting, metalforming, and automobile crash dynamics. The next-generation solid/structural mechanics code, ParaDyn, is targeted toward massively parallel computers, which will extend performance from gigaflop to teraflop power. Our work for FY-92 is described in the following eight articles: (1) Solution Strategies: New Approaches for Strongly Nonlinear Quasistatic Problems Using DYNA3D; (2) Enhanced Enforcement of Mechanical Contact: The Method of Augmented Lagrangians; (3) ParaDyn: New Generation Solid/Structural Mechanics Codes for Massively Parallel Processors; (4) Composite Damage Modeling; (5) HYDRA: A Parallel/Vector Flow Solver for Three-Dimensional, Transient, Incompressible Viscous How; (6) Development and Testing of the TRIM3D Radiation Heat Transfer Code; (7) A Methodology for Calculating the Seismic Response of Critical Structures; and (8) Reinforced Concrete Damage Modeling.
Wave Mechanics or Wave Statistical Mechanics
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2007-01-01
By comparison between equations of motion of geometrical optics and that of classical statistical mechanics, this paper finds that there should be an analogy between geometrical optics and classical statistical mechanics instead of geometrical mechanics and classical mechanics. Furthermore, by comparison between the classical limit of quantum mechanics and classical statistical mechanics, it finds that classical limit of quantum mechanics is classical statistical mechanics not classical mechanics, hence it demonstrates that quantum mechanics is a natural generalization of classical statistical mechanics instead of classical mechanics. Thence quantum mechanics in its true appearance is a wave statistical mechanics instead of a wave mechanics.
Raboin, P J
1998-01-01
The Computational Mechanics thrust area is a vital and growing facet of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This work supports the development of computational analysis tools in the areas of structural mechanics and heat transfer. Over 75 analysts depend on thrust area-supported software running on a variety of computing platforms to meet the demands of LLNL programs. Interactions with the Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing and Modernization Program and the Defense Special Weapons Agency are of special importance as they support our ParaDyn project in its development of new parallel capabilities for DYNA3D. Working with DOD customers has been invaluable to driving this technology in directions mutually beneficial to the Department of Energy. Other projects associated with the Computational Mechanics thrust area include work with the Partnership for a New Generation Vehicle (PNGV) for ''Springback Predictability'' and with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the ''Development of Methodologies for Evaluating Containment and Mitigation of Uncontained Engine Debris.'' In this report for FY-97, there are five articles detailing three code development activities and two projects that synthesized new code capabilities with new analytic research in damage/failure and biomechanics. The article this year are: (1) Energy- and Momentum-Conserving Rigid-Body Contact for NIKE3D and DYNA3D; (2) Computational Modeling of Prosthetics: A New Approach to Implant Design; (3) Characterization of Laser-Induced Mechanical Failure Damage of Optical Components; (4) Parallel Algorithm Research for Solid Mechanics Applications Using Finite Element Analysis; and (5) An Accurate One-Step Elasto-Plasticity Algorithm for Shell Elements in DYNA3D.
Prabhakaran, Shivam
2009-01-01
Mechanics is the branch of Physics dealing with the effects of Forces on the motions of bodies. The world is composed of distinct elements, each possessing a definite position and velocity. These elements or particles interact with one another via forces which, in principle at least, can be completely known and whose effects can be allowed for exactly in predicating the motions of the various interacting bodies. To meet the challenge of these classically inexplicable observations, a completely new system of dynamics, quantum mechanics, was developed.The text includes advanced concepts in quant
Mayer, E
1977-01-01
Mechanical Seals, Third Edition is a source of practical information on the design and use of mechanical seals. Topics range from design fundamentals and test rigs to leakage, wear, friction and power, reliability, and special designs. This text is comprised of nine chapters; the first of which gives a general overview of seals, including various types of seals and their applications. Attention then turns to the fundamentals of seal design, with emphasis on six requirements that must be considered: sealing effectiveness, length of life, reliability, power consumption, space requirements, and c
Mitchell, J. K.; Carrier, W. D., III; Houston, W. N.; Scott, R. F.; Bromwell, L. G.; Durgunoglu, H. T.; Hovland, H. J.; Treadwell, D. D.; Costes, N. C.
1972-01-01
Preliminary results are presented of an investigation of the physical and mechanical properties of lunar soil on the Descartes slopes, and the Cayley Plains in the vicinity of the LM for Apollo 16. The soil mechanics data were derived form (1) crew commentary and debriefings, (2) television, (3) lunar surface photography, (4) performance data and observations of interactions between soil and lunar roving vehicle, (5) drive-tube and deep drill samples, (6) sample characteristics, and (7) measurements using the SRP. The general characteristics, stratigraphy and variability are described along with the core samples, penetrometer test results, density, porosity and strength.
Betten, Josef
2005-01-01
Provides a short survey of recent advances in the mathematical modelling of the mechanical behavior of anisotropic solids under creep conditions, including principles, methods, and applications of tensor functions. Some examples for practical use are discussed, as well as experiments by the author to test the validity of the modelling. The monograph offers an overview of other experimental investigations in creep mechanics. Rules for specifying irreducible sets of tensor invariants, scalar coefficients in constitutive and evolutional equations, and tensorial interpolation methods are also exp
Davidson, Norman
2003-01-01
Clear and readable, this fine text assists students in achieving a grasp of the techniques and limitations of statistical mechanics. The treatment follows a logical progression from elementary to advanced theories, with careful attention to detail and mathematical development, and is sufficiently rigorous for introductory or intermediate graduate courses.Beginning with a study of the statistical mechanics of ideal gases and other systems of non-interacting particles, the text develops the theory in detail and applies it to the study of chemical equilibrium and the calculation of the thermody
Drazin, Philip
1987-01-01
Outlines the contents of Volume II of "Principia" by Sir Isaac Newton. Reviews the contributions of subsequent scientists to the physics of fluid dynamics. Discusses the treatment of fluid mechanics in physics curricula. Highlights a few of the problems of modern research in fluid dynamics. Shows that problems still remain. (CW)
Gottlieb, Sara Wisbech Jacobsen; Hededal, Ole; Foged, Niels Nielsen;
It is widely accepted that there is a connection between the undrained shear strength and the strain rate. Thixotropy and creep behaviour are connected to the mechanical properties of clay. Thixotropy is the ability of clay to recover its shear strength over time when the shear stress is released...
Gallavotti, Giovanni
1999-01-01
This is the English version of a friendly graduate course on Classical Mechanics, containing about 80% of the material I covered during the January-June 1999 semester at IFUG in the Mexican city of Leon. For the Spanish version, see physics/9906066
Jana, Madhusudan
2015-01-01
Statistical mechanics is self sufficient, written in a lucid manner, keeping in mind the exam system of the universities. Need of study this subject and its relation to Thermodynamics is discussed in detail. Starting from Liouville theorem gradually, the Statistical Mechanics is developed thoroughly. All three types of Statistical distribution functions are derived separately with their periphery of applications and limitations. Non-interacting ideal Bose gas and Fermi gas are discussed thoroughly. Properties of Liquid He-II and the corresponding models have been depicted. White dwarfs and condensed matter physics, transport phenomenon - thermal and electrical conductivity, Hall effect, Magneto resistance, viscosity, diffusion, etc. are discussed. Basic understanding of Ising model is given to explain the phase transition. The book ends with a detailed coverage to the method of ensembles (namely Microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical) and their applications. Various numerical and conceptual problems ar...
This book entitle ''Fracture Mechanics'', the first one of the monograph ''Materiologie'' is geared to design engineers, material engineers, non destructive inspectors and safety experts. This book covers fracture mechanics in isotropic homogeneous continuum. Only the monotonic static loading is considered. This book intended to be a reference with the current state of the art gives the fundamental of the issues under concern and avoids the developments too complicated or not yet mastered for not making reading cumbersome. The subject matter is organized as going from an easy to a more complicated level and thus follows the chronological evolution in the field. Similarly the microscopic scale is considered before the macroscopic scale, the physical understanding of phenomena linked to the experimental observation of the material preceded the understanding of the macroscopic behaviour of structures. In this latter field the relatively recent contribution of finite element computations with some analogy with the experimental observation is determining. However more sensitive analysis is not skipped
Peters, Michael
2014-01-01
The recent literature on competing mechanisms has devoted a lot of effort at understanding a very complex and abstract issue. In particular, an agent's type in a competitive environment is hard to conceptualize because it depends on information the agent has about what is going on in the rest of the market. This paper explains why this is such an important practical problem and illustrates how the literature has solved it.
Vanommeslaeghe, Kenno; Guvench, Olgun; Alexander D MacKerell
2014-01-01
Molecular Mechanics (MM) force fields are the methods of choice for protein simulations, which are essential in the study of conformational flexibility. Given the importance of protein flexibility in drug binding, MM is involved in most if not all Computational Structure-Based Drug Discovery (CSBDD) projects. This section introduces the reader to the fundamentals of MM, with a special emphasis on how the target data used in the parametrization of force fields determine their strengths and wea...
Takahashi, Yoshiko; Kuro-o, Makoto; Ishikawa, Fuyuki
2000-01-01
Aging (senescence) has long been a difficult issue to be experimentally analyzed because of stochastic processes, which contrast with the programmed events during early development. However, we have recently started to learn the molecular mechanisms that control aging. Studies of the mutant mouse, klotho, showing premature aging, raise a possibility that mammals have an “anti-aging hormone.” A decrease of cell proliferation ability caused by the telomeres is also t...
Darbyshire, Alan
2010-01-01
Alan Darbyshire's best-selling text book provides five-star high quality content to a potential audience of 13,000 engineering students. It explains the most popular specialist units of the Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations & Maintenance Engineering pathways of the new 2010 BTEC National Engineering syllabus. This challenging textbook also features contributions from specialist lecturers, ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
Rae, Alastair I M
2007-01-01
PREFACESINTRODUCTION The Photoelectric Effect The Compton Effect Line Spectra and Atomic Structure De Broglie Waves Wave-Particle Duality The Rest of This Book THE ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCHRÖDINGER EQUATIONS The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation The Time-Independent Schrödinger Equation Boundary ConditionsThe Infinite Square Well The Finite Square Well Quantum Mechanical Tunneling The Harmonic Oscillator THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCHRÖDINGER EQUATIONS The Wave Equations Separation in Cartesian Coordinates Separation in Spherical Polar Coordinates The Hydrogenic Atom THE BASIC POSTULATES OF QUANTUM MEC
The 1988 progress report of the Reaction Mechanisms laboratory (Polytechnic School, France), is presented. The research topics are: the valence bond methods, the radical chemistry, the modelling of the transition states by applying geometric constraints, the long range interactions (ion - molecule) in gaseous phase, the reaction sites in gaseous phase and the mass spectroscopy applications. The points of convergence between the investigations of the mass spectroscopy and the theoretical chemistry teams, as well as the purposes guiding the research programs, are discussed. The published papers, the conferences, the congress communications and the thesis, are also reported
Zagoskin, Alexandre
2015-01-01
Written by Dr Alexandre Zagoskin, who is a Reader at Loughborough University, Quantum Mechanics: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like summaries of key ideas, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your exam. The book uses a structure that is designed to make quantum physics as accessible as possible - by starting with its similarities to Newtonian physics, ra
Burchakov, A.S.; Agafonov, A.V.; Komissarov, S.N.; Sidorov, G.V.
1982-01-01
A section of mechanized timbering is proposed. It includes a cover, a base, a hydrostand of first and second rows, stand blocks, an advance winch with rod and piston cavities, a hydrodistributor, a hydroblock with a hydrolock and reverse valve connecting the piston cavities of the first row of the hydrostands to the rod cavities of the second row, channels, and pressure and overflow lines. It is characterized by the fact that in order to improve the safety of cleaning operations by improving the initial spacing, the timbering section is equipped with an additional hydroblock with hydroclamp and reverse valve. The rod cavity of the advance winch is connected by one channel to the hydrolock of the additional hydroblock, and by the other channel through the reverse valve of the initial hydroblock to the piston cavities of the hydrostands of the second row.
Ribosome Mechanics Informs about Mechanism.
Zimmermann, Michael T; Jia, Kejue; Jernigan, Robert L
2016-02-27
The essential aspects of the ribosome's mechanism can be extracted from coarse-grained simulations, including the ratchet motion, the movement together of critical bases at the decoding center, and movements of the peptide tunnel lining that assist in the expulsion of the synthesized peptide. Because of its large size, coarse graining helps to simplify and to aid in the understanding of its mechanism. Results presented here utilize coarse-grained elastic network modeling to extract the dynamics, and both RNAs and proteins are coarse grained. We review our previous results, showing the well-known ratchet motions and the motions in the peptide tunnel and in the mRNA tunnel. The motions of the lining of the peptide tunnel appear to assist in the expulsion of the growing peptide chain, and clamps at the ends of the mRNA tunnel with three proteins ensure that the mRNA is held tightly during decoding and essential for the helicase activity at the entrance. The entry clamp may also assist in base recognition to ensure proper selection of the incoming tRNA. The overall precision of the ribosome machine-like motions is remarkable. PMID:26687034
Pekcan, Önder; Kara, Selim
2012-10-01
In this paper, we survey the gelation mechanisms for various polymeric systems which are classified by the type and the strength of the cross-linkages. These are the "irreversible" gels that are cross-linked chemically by covalent bonds and the "reversible" gels that are cross-linked physically by hydrogen or ionic bonds and by the physical entanglement of polymer chains. Some of the natural polymer gels fall into the class of physical gels, among which the red algae that has attracted attention for various applications is discussed in detail. Various composite gels, formed from mixture of physical and chemical gels are also discussed in the last section of the article. Theoretical models describe the gelation as a process of random linking of subunits to larger and larger molecules by formation of an infinite network, where no matter what type of objects are linked, there is always a critical "gel point" at which the system behaves neither as a liquid nor as a solid on any length scale. The Flory-Stockmayer theory and percolation theory provide bases for modeling this sol-gel phase transition. The experimental techniques for measuring the critical exponents for sol-gel phase transitions in different polymeric systems are introduced and the validation of various theoretical predictions are surveyed.
The particle beam of the SXR (soft x-ray) beam line in the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) has a high intensity in order to penetrate through samples at the atomic level. However, the intensity is so high that many experiments fail because of severe damage. To correct this issue, attenuators are put into the beam line to reduce this intensity to a level suitable for experimentation. Attenuation is defined as 'the gradual loss in intensity of any flux through a medium' by (1). It is found that Beryllium and Boron Carbide can survive the intensity of the beam. At very thin films, both of these materials work very well as filters for reducing the beam intensity. Using a total of 12 filters, the first 9 being made of Beryllium and the rest made of Boron Carbide, the beam's energy range of photons can be attenuated between 800 eV and 9000 eV. The design of the filters allows attenuation for different beam intensities so that experiments can obtain different intensities from the beam if desired. The step of attenuation varies, but is relative to the thickness of the filter as a power function of 2. A relationship for this is f(n) = x02n where n is the step of attenuation desired and x0 is the initial thickness of the material. To allow for this desired variation, a mechanism must be designed within the test chamber. This is visualized using a 3D computer aided design modeling tool known as Solid Edge.
Mechanism of mechanical activation for sulfide ores
HU Hui-ping; CHEN Qi-yuan; YIN Zhou-lan; HE Yue-hui; HUANG Bai-yun
2007-01-01
Structural changes for mechanically activated pyrite, sphalerite, galena and molybdenite with or without the exposure to ambient air, were systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis(XRD), particle size analysis, gravimetrical method, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy(XPS) and scanning electron microscopy(SEM), respectively. Based on the above structural changes for mechanically activated sulfide ores and related reports by other researchers, several qualitative rules of the mechanisms and the effects of mechanical activation for sulfide ores are obtained. For brittle sulfide ores with thermal instability, and incomplete cleavage plane or extremely incomplete cleavage plane, the mechanism of mechanical activation is that a great amount of surface reactive sites are formed during their mechanical activation. The effects of mechanical activation are apparent. For brittle sulfide ores with thermal instability, and complete cleavage plane, the mechanism of mechanical activation is that a great amount of surface reactive sites are formed, and lattice deformation happens during their mechanical activation. The effects of mechanical activation are apparent. For brittle sulfide ores with excellent thermal stability, and complete cleavage plane, the mechanism of mechanical activation is that lattice deformation happens during their mechanical activation. The effects of mechanical activation are apparent. For sulfide ores with high toughness, good thermal stability and very excellent complete cleavage plane, the mechanism of mechanical activation is that lattice deformation happens during their mechanical activation, but the lattice deformation ratio is very small. The effects of mechanical activation are worst.
Turbulent Flows Driven by the Mechanical Forcing of an Ellipsoidal Container
Favier, Benjamin; Le Bars, Michael; Grannan, Alexander; Ribeiro, Adolfo; Aurnou, Jonathan; Irphe Team; Spinlab Team
2015-11-01
We present a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical simulations modelling geophysically relevant mechanical forcings. Libration and tides correspond to the periodic perturbation of a body's rotation rate and shape, and are both due to gravitational interactions with orbiting companions. Such mechanical forcings can convey a fraction of the rotational energy available and generate intense turbulence in the fluid interior of satellites and planets. We investigate the fluid motions inside a librating or tidally deformed triaxial ellipsoidal container filled with an incompressible fluid. In both cases, the turbulent flow is driven by the elliptic instability which is a triadic resonance between two inertial modes and the base flow. We characterize the transition to turbulence as triadic resonances develop while also investigating both intermittent and sustained regimes. It is shown that the flow is largely independent of the properties of the mechanical forcing, hinting at a possible universal behaviour of the saturated elliptical instability. The existence of such intense flows may play an important role in understanding the thermal and magnetic evolution of celestial bodies. This work was funded by the French Agence Nationale pour la Recherche and the National Science Foundation Geophysics Program.
李晓宇
2011-01-01
Taoism is a national religion who took root in China only and originated in the ancient civilization of China. Becoming an immortal is the final goal of Taoism. The three celestial mountains is a channel to the paradise, a way to be an immortal as an carrier of fairyland. Taoism atmosphere is thick in the mid and end of Ming dynasty. It's inseparable with the king and people's esthetic appeal in this time that the three celestial mountains manifest massively on the ceramics as typical dements of Taoism.%道教是唯一植根于中国,发源于中国古代文化的民族宗教,成仙是道教最终的目标,三仙山作为"仙境"的载体,是通往仙界的渠道,是成仙的途径,明中晚期道教氛围浓厚,三仙山作为道教的典型元素之一大量体现在瓷器上,这与明中期的帝王喜好和人们的审美情趣是密不可分的.
The target of the present paper is the study of chirality effects in molecular dynamics from both a theoretical and an experimental point of view under the hypothesis of a molecular dynamics mechanism as the origin of chiral discrimination. This is a fundamental problem per se, and of possible relevance for the problem of the intriguing homochirality in Nature, so far lacking satisfactory explanations. We outline the steps that have been taken so far toward this direction, motivated by various experimental studies of supersonic molecular beams carried out in this laboratory, such as the detection of aligned oxygen in gaseous streams and further evidence on nitrogen, benzene and various hydrocarbons, showing the insurgence of molecular orientation in the dynamics of molecules in flows and in molecular collisions. Chiral effects are theoretically demonstrated to show up in the differential scattering of oriented molecules, also when impinging on surfaces. Focus on possible mechanisms for chiral bio-stereochemistry of oriented reactants may be of pre-biotical interest, for example when flowing in atmospheres of rotating bodies, specifically the planet Earth, as well as in vortex motions of celestial objects. Molecular dynamics simulations and experimental verifications of the hypothesis are reviewed and objectives of future research activity proposed.
Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Grossi, Gaia; Lombardi, Andrea; Maciel, Glauciete S; Palazzetti, Federico [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Perugia, Via Elce di Sotto 8, 06123 Perugia (Italy)], E-mail: abulafia@dyn.unipg.it
2008-10-15
The target of the present paper is the study of chirality effects in molecular dynamics from both a theoretical and an experimental point of view under the hypothesis of a molecular dynamics mechanism as the origin of chiral discrimination. This is a fundamental problem per se, and of possible relevance for the problem of the intriguing homochirality in Nature, so far lacking satisfactory explanations. We outline the steps that have been taken so far toward this direction, motivated by various experimental studies of supersonic molecular beams carried out in this laboratory, such as the detection of aligned oxygen in gaseous streams and further evidence on nitrogen, benzene and various hydrocarbons, showing the insurgence of molecular orientation in the dynamics of molecules in flows and in molecular collisions. Chiral effects are theoretically demonstrated to show up in the differential scattering of oriented molecules, also when impinging on surfaces. Focus on possible mechanisms for chiral bio-stereochemistry of oriented reactants may be of pre-biotical interest, for example when flowing in atmospheres of rotating bodies, specifically the planet Earth, as well as in vortex motions of celestial objects. Molecular dynamics simulations and experimental verifications of the hypothesis are reviewed and objectives of future research activity proposed.
The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks
Du, Ruxu
2013-01-01
"The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks" presents historical views and mathematical models of mechanical watches and clocks. Although now over six hundred years old, mechanical watches and clocks are still popular luxury items that fascinate many people around the world. However few have examined the theory of how they work as presented in this book. The illustrations and computer animations are unique and have never been published before. It will be of significant interest to researchers in mechanical engineering, watchmakers and clockmakers, as well as people who have an engineering background and are interested in mechanical watches and clocks. It will also inspire people in other fields of science and technology, such as mechanical engineering and electronics engineering, to advance their designs. Professor Ruxu Du works at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Assistant Professor Longhan Xie works at the South China University of Technology, China.
Mechanical engineering education
Davim, J Paulo
2012-01-01
Mechanical Engineering is defined nowadays as a discipline "which involves the application of principles of physics, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems". Recently, mechanical engineering has also focused on some cutting-edge subjects such as nanomechanics and nanotechnology, mechatronics and robotics, computational mechanics, biomechanics, alternative energies, as well as aspects related to sustainable mechanical engineering.This book covers mechanical engineering higher education with a particular emphasis on quality assurance and the improvement of academic
2014-01-01
Advances in Applied Mechanics draws together recent significant advances in various topics in applied mechanics. Published since 1948, Advances in Applied Mechanics aims to provide authoritative review articles on topics in the mechanical sciences, primarily of interest to scientists and engineers working in the various branches of mechanics, but also of interest to the many who use the results of investigations in mechanics in various application areas, such as aerospace, chemical, civil, en...