Title

Report of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements: 2003

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2005

Journal

Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

Volume

91

Issue

3-4

First Page

203

Last Page

215

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10569-004-3115-4

Abstract

Every three years the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements revises tables giving the directions of the north poles of rotation and the prime meridians of the planets, satellites, and asteroids. This report introduces a system of cartographic coordinates for asteroids and comets. A topographic reference surface for Mars is recommended. Tables for the rotational elements of the planets and satellites and size and shape of the planets and satellites are not included, since there were no changes to the values. They are available in the previous report (Celest. Mech. Dyn. Astron., 82, 83–110, 2002), a version of which is also available on a web site.