Accession Number : ADA084445


Title :   An Astronomical Glossary.


Descriptive Note : Project rept.,


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB


Personal Author(s) : Taff,Laurence G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a084445.pdf


Report Date : 12 Feb 1980


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : At various times during the development of the GEODSS system it became clear that a common, technical vocabulary could be a useful thing. There are many precisely defined astronomical quantities one needs to intelligently discuss star catalogs, optical data reduction, orbital analysis, photometry, etc. Partially as an outgrowth of this need, but mostly through the impetus of a forthcoming reference work, this Glossary was assembled. Its orientation is heavily toward astrometry, rather than astronomy or astrophysics. Also, it is frequently difficult to give precise and concise definitions. In some cases, it is impossible to provide the precise meaning without complicated formulas and much discussion. Nevertheless, sometimes sacrificing clarity for brevity and with a minimum of mathematics, the following 800 items are presented. (Author)


Descriptors :   *ASTRONOMY , DICTIONARIES , CELESTIAL MECHANICS , ASTROPHYSICS


Subject Categories : Astronomy
      Astrophysics
      Celestial Mechanics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE