By Professor Dr. Hans G. Walter, Dr. Ojars J. Sovers (auth.)
Celestial primary catalogues are a prerequisite for the decision of absolute positions and motions in house. almost immediately, positional astrometry is on the watershed among classical primary catalogues, in response to relocating reference stars, and sleek catalogues, in response to extragalactic reference gadgets with non-measurable movement. This booklet addresses the ideas and strategies of the respective development recommendations resulting in the stellar body of the FK5 (Fifth basic Catalogue) and to the newly followed extragalactic radio reference body, ICRF (International Celestial Reference Frame), with its extension to optical wavelengths via the Hipparcos Catalogue. whereas significant outlines of meridian circle observations are given, emphasis is installed a few element at the VLBI strategy as utilized to astrometry, and to the observational recommendations utilized in the Hipparcos project, together with the tie of the initially non-anchored inflexible Hipparcos sphere into the ICRF.
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13) and ,1e stands for the motion of the equinox. 14) rot rot The way these equations are written implies a rotation from the inertial frame, which one strives for, into the frame used as the reference for the measurement of the stellar motions. 15) were known, it would be possible to estimate the components of the angular velocity vector and, hence, Oort's constant B and the precessional quantities ,1n and ,1k. 13). 6 Determination of the Luni-solar Precession 29 correction to the planetary precession is suggested since it has been determined with high accuracy solely from the revised system of planetary masses (Laubscher 1972).
343 ff. Equator A, Sun Ecliptic Fig. 4. Forces acting upon the Earth and producing the torques that cause the luni-solar precession. For notation see the text The torques affect the orientation of the Earth's axis of rotation in space and, thus, also that of the celestial equator (Fig. 5) . These orientationchanging effects are known as luni-solar precession and nutation. The former is a long-period effect, while the latter is a shorter-period effect, both acting on the mean equator. Although the separation into two parts is artificial, it is at least convenient for the work with catalogues, where the coordinates are referred to the mean equator to render applications more economical.
This statement is substantiated by the following consideration: inertia is the measure of the resistance of a body against any kind of acceleration with respect to absolute space. e. the distribution of mass in the Universe effects inertia. I[ Mach's principle is valid, it would follow that an inertial frame cannot be rotating with respect to the rest of the Universe as a whole; further, the principle would postulate a non-rotating Universe. Intuitively, the frame represented by the directions to distant extragalactic objects complies with this definition of an inertial frame.