Relativistic modelling of rotational motion of extended bodies represents one of the most complicated problems of Applied Relativity. The relativistic reference systems of IAU (2000) give a suitable theoretical framework for such a modelling. Recent developments in the post-Newtonian theory of Earth rotation in the limit of rigidly rotating multipoles are reported below. All components of the theory are summarized and the results are demonstrated. The experience with the relativistic Earth rotation theory can be directly applied to model the rotational motion of other celestial bodies. The high-precision theories of rotation of the Moon, Mars and Mercury can be expected to be of interest in the near future.
Relativity in Fundamental Astronomy: Dynamics, Reference Frames, and Data Analysis
- Pub Date:
- January 2010
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
- Proceeding of the IAU Symposium 261, to appear