Previous abstract Next abstract

Session 1 - Applied History of Astronomy I.
Oral session, Sunday, January 14
Salon del Rey Central, Hilton

[1.01] Applied Historical Astronomy: an Overview

F. R. Stephenson (Durham U., England)

Applied Historical Astronomy, the application of early astronomical records to problems in modern astronomy, has developed rapidly in recent years. It is now a subject of many facets, as the list of topics in today's program demonstrates. Historical astronomical observations - both pre-telescopic and telescopic - have played and continue to play and important role in such diverse subjects as Earth's variable rotation; supernova studies; cometary and planetary orbits; and solar variability - to name just a few aspects. In this introductory address, the progress made in some of these topics will be outlined, with reference to both source material and scientific results.

Program listing for Sunday