Relativity and space astrometry


Michael H. Soffel, Sergei A. Klioner, Dresden



Various relativistic effects are known to be important for interpreting astrometrical observations at the microarcsecond level. Theoretical foundations of positional observations in the frameworks of Newtonian and relativistic physics are compared. An overview of the relativistic effects is presented. Numerical values of the effects are estimated.

Bibliographical details:

Michael H. Soffel, Sergei A. Klioner: Relativity and space astrometry. In: Peter Brosche, Wolfgang R. Dick, Oliver Schwarz, Roland Wielen (Eds.): The Message of the Angles - Astrometry from 1798 to 1998. Proceedings of the International Spring Meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, Gotha, May 11-15, 1998. (Acta Historica Astronomiae ; 3). Thun ; Frankfurt am Main : Deutsch, 1998, p. 233-239.