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Transits of Venus New Views of the Solar System and Galaxy

ISBN-10: 0521849071

ISBN-13: 9780521849074

Edition: 2005

Authors: Colloquium Staff International Astronomical Union, D. W. Kurtz, Karel A. Van der Hucht

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IAU C196 coincided with the 8 June 2004 transit of Venus, producing the exciting, eclectic mix that can be found in these proceedings: the amazing history of the English North-country astronomers of the seventeenth century; the AU at a precision of 1.4 m; the explanation for the infamous black drop effect; a possible Mayan observation of a transit of Venus in the thirteenth century; the vexed question of leap seconds and time scales; history, distances, parallaxes, the solar system at exquisite precision and future space missions that will revolutionize astronomy.
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List price: $128.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/30/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 554
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

Tenured Associate Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium. Professor by special appointment Asteroseismology, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Winner of the biennial prize of astronomical and geophysical sciences of the Royal Academy of Belgium, 1995. Kiwanis Club Award: best post-doc researcher in pure sciences, 1998. 26ième Prix biennale Paul & Marie Stroobants, Academie Royale des Sciences, des Letres & des beaux Arts, Belgium 2003. Currently leading a research team within the Institute of Astronomy Leuven, Belgium, consisting of 4 post-doc students, 5 PhD students, 5 master students and 1 software engineer.

Organizing committee
Conference photograph
Conference participants
Transits of Venus: History, Results and Legacy
Jeremiah Horrocks, William Crabtree, and the Lancashire observations of the transit of Venus of 1639 [Keynote talk]
Jeremiah Horrocks's Lancashire
William Crabtree's Venus transit observation
Venus transits - A French view
James Cook's 1769 transit of Venus expedition to Tahiti
Observations of the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus from Batavia (Dutch East Indies)
The 1761 transit of Venus dispute between Audiffredi and Pingre
Observations of planetary transits made in Ireland in the 18th Century and the development of astronomy in Ireland
The American transit of Venus expeditions of 1874 and 1882
The Mexican expedition to observe the 8 December 1874 transit of Venus in Japan
Maya observations of 13th-century transits of Venus?
Lord Lindsay's expedition to Mauritius in 1874
Why did other European astronomers not see the December 1639 transit of Venus?
The Brazilian contribution to the observation of the transit of Venus
The Au and the PC
The Astronomical Unit now [Keynote talk]
Precision time and the rotation of the Earth
Thomas Henderson and [alpha] Centauri
Transits, the Solar System and Extra-Solar Planets
Mikhail Lomonosov and the discovery of the atmosphere of Venus during the 1761 transit
Probing extrasolar planet atmospheres through transits
Precise determination of the motion of planets and some astronomical constants from modern observations
The black-drop effect explained
Orbit of a lunar artificial satellite: Analytical theory of perturbations
The Spin-orbit resonance of Mercury: a Hamiltonian approach
Observation and reduction of mutual events in the solar system
Early dynamical evolution of the Solar System: constraints from asteroid and KBO dynamics
Classical and modern orbit determination for asteroids
Transits of Venus and Mercury: Patterns of occurrence, and near-resonance phenomena
The Jeremiah Horrocks Memorial Public Lecture
Our Galaxy in three-dimensions
New Views of the Galaxy: Parallaxes, Distances and Implications for Astrophysics
The (f)utility of ground-based parallaxes
High-precision stellar parallaxes from Hubble Space Telescope fine guidance sensors
The Pleiades question, the definition of the zero-age main sequence, and implications
The distance to the Pleiades from the eclipsing binary HD 23642
Chromatic effects in Hipparcos parallaxes and implications for distance scale
The use of eclipses in the evaluation of absolute stellar information
High precision pulsar astrometry and its applications
Statistical calibrations of trigonometric parallaxes
Parallaxes of L and T dwarfs
New Views of the Galaxy: Future Space and Ground-Based Programmes
Microarcsecond astrometry with Gaia: the solar system, the Galaxy and beyond
Radial Velocities with Gaia
JASMINE: Japan Astrometry Satellite Mission for INfrared Exploration
Overall design of JASMINE
The optical system for JASMINE and the CCD centroiding experiment
JASMINE simulator
Nano-JASMINE: a nano size astrometry satellite
The VERA project (VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry
Meeting Summary
Shades of the goddess: Venus in transit
Transit of Venus: 8 June 2004 - pictures from the transit and banquet
Author index