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Sections 24 – 27

- 24. Transformations of coordinates
- (l, b) (, )

- N +27 08
- N 12 h 51m Coordinates of NGPare (N, N)
- 123 (a constant that specifies gal. centre direction)
- cos (90b) cos (90N) cos (90)
- + sin (90N) sin (90) cos (N)
- sin b sin N sin + cos N cos cos (N) (1)

Hence

(2)

If (, ) are known, use (1) to obtain b

(note that N, N are equatorial coordinates of

north galactic pole),

and then use (2) to find ( + l) and hence l.

(b) (, ) (, )

cos (90) cos cos (90)

+ sin sin (90) cos (90)

sin cos sin + sin cos sin . (1)

cos (90) cos (90) cos

+ sin (90) sin cos (90 + )

sin cos sin + sin cos ( sin )

sin cos sin sin cos sin (2)

or cos cos cos cos . (3)

(ii) (, ) (, )

Use (2) to obtain .

Then find from (3) i.e.

- (i) (, ) (, )
- Use (1) to obtain .
- Then find from (3) i.e.

- Rotation of the Earth
- a) Evidence for Earth rotation:
- Diurnal E to W motion of celestial bodies.
- Rotation of plane of oscillation of Foucault’s
- pendulum (Paris, 1851).
- Coriolis force on long-range ballistic projectiles.
- Rotation of surface winds (cyclones and anticyclones).
- Variation of g with latitude gequ = 9.78 m s-2;
- gpoles ≃ 9.83 m s-2.

(b) Variation of for fixed points on Earth’s surface

Position of poles on surface show roughly circular paths,

diameter ~ 20 m, period ~ 14 months, from observations

of photographic zenith tubes (PZT).

But Earth’s rotation axis stays fixed in space, so far as

the latitude variation is concerned.

Discovered by Küstner (1884).

Also know as Chandler wobble, after Chandler’s (1891)

explanation of effect in terms of polar motion.

Left: zones on the Earth resulting from the obliquity of

the ecliptic

Right: Polar motion or Chandler wobble of the Earth

on its rotation axis

- (c) Changes in Earth rotation rate
- (i) Periodic variations – mainly annual
- P become ~0.001s longer in March, April and ~0.001s
- shorter in Sept., Oct, than average day.
- Cumulative effects of up to 0.030s fast or slow
- at different seasons of year.
- Caused by changes in moment of inertia due
- to differing amounts of water, ice in polar regions.

- Universal time (= Greenwich mean solar time)
- UT0 uncorrected time based on Earth rotation
- UT1 corrected for polar motion but not for changes
- in rotation rate.
- Discovery of periodic variations in UT1 by Stoyko (1937).
- Define t as
- t UT1 + TDT
- TDT: terrestrial dynamical time
- (a uniform time scale based on planetary orbits).

- (ii) Irregular variations
- Irregular variations in length of day of up to about
- 0.003 s.
- The timescale for significant changes in LOD is
- a few years to several decades.
- Thus 1850 – 1880 day was shorter by several ms
- 1895 – 1920 LOD was longer by up to 4 ms
- 1950 – 1990 LOD was longer by up to 2 ms

- (ii) Irregular variations in LOD (continued)
- Cumulative errors of up to t ~ 30 s in UT1 over
- last 200 yr.
- (When LOD is longer, UT1 falls behind, t increases,
- goes negative to positive.)
- Irregular variations first suggested by Newcomb (1878);
- confirmed by de Sitter (1927) and Spencer Jones (1939).

- (iii) Secular variations
- Earth’s rotation rate is steadily slowed down because
- of tidal friction.
- LOD is increasing, t is decreasing.
- Angular momentum of Earth-Moon system is being
- transferred to the Moon, causing an increase of
- Earth-Moon distance and of lunar sidereal period.
- Cumulative effect is ~3¼ h over 2000 yr.
- Ancient data from lunar and solar eclipse records
- (whether timed or untimed), going back to 700 BC
- (Chinese, Babylonian and Arabic records).
- Modern data from star transit timings.
- Discovered by JC Adams (1853).

angular velocity of Earth

o present value of ( 86400 s/d)

angular deceleration rate ( is positive, in s/d2)

ot

ot ½t2

LOD (length of day) =

dynamical time (TDT) based on ot

UT1 based on ot ½t2

½t2

(t TDT UT1)

Thus t 3¼ h = 11700 s ( 4875) in 20 centuries

(t 730500 days)

s/d2 4.4 10-8 s/d2

- Orbital motion of the Earth
- Evidence that Earth orbits Sun
- (and not Sun orbiting the Earth).
- (a) Annual trigonometric parallax of stars:
- Nearby stars show small displacements relative to
- distant stellar backgrounds due to Earth’s orbital motion.
- A star as near as 3.26 light years at ecliptic pole
- describes circular path of radius 1 arc second.
- (Discovered 1837.)

The trigonometric parallax of stars causes a small annual

displacement of nearby stars measured relative to distant

ones, and of amplitude inversely proportional to the

distance of the nearby star. This is evidence for the orbital

motion of the Earth about the Sun.

(b) Aberration of starlight: (Bradley 1725)

All stars in given direction describe elliptical paths,

period one year, semi-major axis 20.5 arc s

(much greater than parallax even for nearest stars).

At ecliptic pole motion is circle but 3 months out of phase

with parallactic motion.

v 30 km/s speed of Earth in orbit

c 3 105 km/s speed of light.

Constant of aberration, K v/c radians

206265 v/c arc s 20.5 arc s.

- Precession
- (a) Discovery: Hipparchus in 150 B.C.
- The phenomenon is a slow westwards rotation of
- the direction of the rotation axis of the Earth,
- thereby describing a cone whose axis is the ecliptic
- pole.
- Equator is defined by Earth’s rotation axis, so equator
- also changes its orientation as a result of precession.
- (c) Precessional period25800 years for one complete
- precessional cycle, or 50.2 arc seconds/year.

(d) The equinox defines the First Point of Aries

(intersection of ecliptic and equator), and is the zero point

for ecliptic coordinates ( 0) and for equatorial

coordinates ( 0 h).

The drift in equator and equinox means that the

coordinates of stars change slowly with epoch.

Both (right ascension) and (declination) are

affected by precession.

Canopus ( Carinae):

(, ) (1900.0) 6h 21m 44s, 52 38

(, ) (2000.0) 6h 23m 57s, 52 41

(e) In the 2600 years since first Greek astronomers

(e.g. Thales), precession of equinox amounts to ≃ 30

along ecliptic. First Point of Aries was then in

constellation of Aries (hence the name). The N. Pole was

in 3000 B.C. near the star Draconis. It is now near Polaris

( UMa) (closest ~½ in 2100 A.D.) and will be near Vega

( Lyr) in 14000 A.D.

Change in direction of the NCP and in the orientation

of the equatorial plane as a result of precession

(f) Cause of precession: (luni-solar precession)

The Earth is non-spherical, in fact an oblate spheroid.

Pull of Sun and Moon on spheroidal Earth applies a

weak couple on Earth (i.e. Sun tries to make Earth’s

rotation axis perpendicular to ecliptic).

The torque (couple) on a spinning object results

in precession – cf. the precession of a spinning top

inclined to vertical.

(g) Consequences of precession

Tropical year time for Sun to progress through

360 50.2 around ecliptic 365.2422 days.

Sidereal year time for Sun to progress through 360

around ecliptic 365.2564 days.

Difference 20 m 27 s

Note that the tropical year time between two successive

passages of Sun through March equinox. This is the time

interval over which the seasons repeat themselves, and

therefore the time interval on which the calendar is based.

Presession results in

the tropical year, which

governs the cycle of the

seasons, being 20 m 27 s

shorter than the sidereal

year, which is the orbital

period of the Earth.

- Change in ecliptic coordinates (of a fixed star)
- as a result of precession
- Ecliptic longitude increases at rate of 50.2/yr.
- Ecliptic latitude is unchanged by precession.
- Thus (t) o + p t
- p precessional constant 50.2/ tropical year.
- (t) o

- Changes in equatorial coordinates of a star
- as a result of precession
- sinδ = cosε sinβ + sinε cosβ sinλ
- (see section 24(b) equn. (1))
- 23 27 obliquity of ecliptic (a constant)
- ecliptic latitude, a constant (unaffected by precession)
- 0 + pt

n 50.2 sin(2327)/yr

20.04/yr

(see section 24(b) equn. (2))

constant (unaffected by precession)

(p cos + p sin tan sin ) t .

Let m p cos 3.07 s/yr

and np sin 1.34 s/yr.

Then

where t is in tropical years.

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