Astrometry and Celestial Mechanics uses new space technologies like very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), global positioning system (GPS) and satellite laser ranging (SLR) to determine the earth rotation parameters, plate movement and crustal deformation and for studies on the interaction of the earth's rotation and other spheres; with historical and modern observations to study the laws and mechanism of changes of the earth’s rotation and physical and geometric changes, the movement and its causes of the earth's surface; to establish and maintain the celestial reference frame system of astronomical constants; study spacecraft orbit theory and the application of space technology in geodesy and astrogeodynamics; carry out application researches on the maintaining and accuracy improvement in atomic scale, the frequency measurement and comparison, synchronization, transfer, etc.
2. Training Objectives
1) With solid knowledge of mathematics, basic knowledge of physics, the ability of skillfully applying computer, with some teaching experience, after graduation can meet the needs of scientific research and teaching work in scientific research institutions and universities.
2) Master the basic theory and basic observation facts of astronomy, understand the development direction and research methods of some leading field in this field, and have certain scientific research and application ability.
3) Wide and solid theoretical basis and systematic and in-depth grasp of professional knowledge, the status of research in the field, have a clear understanding of development prospects and existing problems; can carry out scientific research work independently and creatively.
3. Program Directions
1) Spacecraft orbital mechanics
2) Astronomical reference system
3) Solar system dynamics
4) Qualitative research on nonlinear dynamical systems
5) The structure of the Milky Way
6) The formation and evolution of planets
7) Deep space exploration and orbit measurement and control
8) Detection, formation and dynamics of the outer planets of the solar system
4. Main Courses
Satellite orbit determination methods; satellite perturbation theory; introduction to unit vector method for orbit determination; spherical astronomy; methods of mathematical physics; astrometry science; vectorial astrometry; astro geodynamics; satellite dynamics; statistical orbit calculation theory; almanac compilation theory and method; modern astronomical observational techniques and methods; general relativity; numerical method; computer language.
5. Employment Directions
Mainly go to scientific research units, the department of defense, astronomy science and schools and other units engaged in research, teaching and technical work.