star motions

star motions

[′stär ‚mō·shənz]
(astronomy)
For the Milky Way, this includes rotation within the galaxy, motion which is described with respect to an external frame of reference; superposed on this systematic rotation are the individual motions of a star; each star moves in a somewhat elliptical orbit, with respect to the local standard of rest, the standard moving in a circular orbit around the galactic center.
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But verifying that assumption was difficult, given how crowded the region is, which makes it difficult to examine individual star motions in detail.
Astronomers develop theories of star motions to not only understand how the stars in our galaxy are moving today but also how our galaxy formed and evolves.
Using telescopes that detect radio waves to penetrate the dust and gas, as well as optical telescopes to study star motions, astronomers have mapped the Milky Way.
Star motions act as tracers to probe the gravitational signature of all mass, regardless of its nature.
A powerful computer and special hardware calculate and display star motions and positions instantly, enabling audience members to time-travel and see how the Big Dipper looked 100,000 years ago or how Orion the Hunter will appear ten centuries years in the future.
A precise measurement of star motions in giant clusters can yield insights into how stellar groupings formed in the early universe, and whether an "intermediate mass" black hole, one roughly 10,000 times as massive as our Sun, might be lurking among the stars.
The second problem was creating the global reference star catalog that Herget and Corbin had proved would work, since all existing catalogs suffered either from insufficient stars or inadequately precise star motions.
Star motions sometimes suggest that certain stars are revolving in binary systems.