Highlights of Astronomy

Highlights of Astronomy : As Presented at the XXIst General Assembly of the IAU, 1991

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Since 1967. the most prominent events of a General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union are published in a separate volume. The Highlights of Astronomy (volume 9) report on the major scientific presentations made at the XXIst General Assembly July 23-August 1. 1991. Buenos Aires. Argentina. The present volume contains the texts of the three invited Di scourses and of the papers presented duri ng seven Joi nt Discussion Meetings and eight Joint Commission Meetings. The invited Discourses were arranged by the IAU Executive Committee and the Joint Discourses and Commission Meetings by the respective chairpersons. The overall responsability of the General Assembly was carried out by the IAU General Secretary (19B8-1991). Dr. D. McNally. I am indebted to the authors of the invited Di scourses. to the organi zers and editors of the scientific sessions for having provided me with all the material for publication in due time. I want to particularly acknowledge the case with which Dr. J.H. Hughes. who unfortunately died a few days ago from cancer. prepared and checked unti 1 the 1 ast few weeks the report on the new IAU Reference System. This report itself concludes long and difficult discussions among IAU members that he led in a wise and clear- sighted manner.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 755 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 38.6mm | 1,070.49g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1992
  • XVII, 755 p.
  • 0792319168
  • 9780792319160

Table of contents

Preface. Invited Discourses: Gravitational Lensing. Retrospect on Voyager. Observational Problems in Extragalactic Astronomy. Joint Discussions: I. An Overview of the Interstellar Medium. II. Reference Systems: What are They and What's the Problem? III. Results from SOAT and GRO and Other Recent High Energy Astrophysics Missions. IV. Cosmic Background. V. Origin of Stars of Planetary Systems. VI. HIPPARCOS -- an Assessment. VII. First Results from the Hubble Space Telescope. Joint Commission Meetings: I. Rotation of Solar System Bodies. II. Automated Telescopes for Photometry and Imaging, Performance and Results with IR Arrays. III. Atomic and Molecular Data for Space Astronomy: Needs and Availability. IV. A Proposal for an International Antarctic Observatory. V. Late Evolution of Low Mass Stars. VI. Solar and Stellar Coronae. VII. High-Redshift Galaxies. VIII. Archiving of Current Observational Data (including Solar System Data). Special Contributions: Commission 9: Instrumentation. Commission 46: Teaching of Astronomy. Index of Authors.
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