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Explanatory supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, 3d ed.


Explanatory supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, 3d ed.

Ed. by Sean E. Urban and P. Kenneth Seidelmann.

University Science Books


676 pages




This volume provides explanatory material, supplemental information, and detailed descriptions of the computational models and algorithms used to produce The Astronomical Almanac. It also offers complementary information that does not change annually, such as conceptual explanations, data, and bibliographic references. The level is scientifically technical but not expert, and should be usable by astronomers, engineers, navigators, surveyors, and others including general readers. Among the topics are relativity for astronomy, celestial mechanics, and metrology; terrestrial coordinates and the rotation of the Earth; orbital ephemerides of the Sun, Moon, and planets; eclipses of the Sun and Moon; and calendars. Earlier editions were published in 1961 and 1984.

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