Astronomical Applications of Astrometry: Ten Years of Exploitation of the Hipparcos Satellite Data

Michael Perryman

The Hipparcos satellite tv for pc, constructed and introduced by way of the eu area enterprise (ESA) in 1989, was once the 1st area venture devoted to astrometry - the actual dimension of positions, distances, and correct motions of stars. among the main achievements of its measurements are refining the cosmic distance scale, characterizing the large-scale kinematic motions within the sun local, offering detailed luminosities for stellar modelling, and confirming Einstein's prediction of the impact of gravity on starlight. This authoritative account of the Hipparcos contributions over the past decade is an exceptional reference for astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists. It stories the functions of the knowledge in several parts, describing the topic and the cutting-edge sooner than Hipparcos, and summarizing all significant contributions to the subject made by way of Hipparcos. It encompasses a certain assessment of the Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues, their annexes and their updates. every one bankruptcy ends with accomplished references to suitable literature.

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