positional astronomy

positional astronomy

See astrometry.

positional astronomy

[pə′zish·ən·əl ə′strän·ə·mē]
(astronomy)
The branch of astronomy that deals with the determination of the positions of celestial objects.
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Brouwer's specialty was the calculation of orbits, thus his emphasis on positional astronomy at the dawning of the Space Age.
Factory observatories contributed to both the routine grist of what Lankford characterizes as the old astronomy (positional astronomy and celestial mechanics) and to the development of the entrepreneurial new discipline of astrophysics.
Positional astronomy flourished because of the needs of horoscope casters.) I left INSAP II confident that astronomy defines deeply all that we are.

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