name the equinox contest on now

From: Steve Allen <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 16:13:45 -0800

As noted before in LEAPSECS, at the beginning of 2003 the IAU
effectively abolished the Vernal Equinox as we knew it, and new
formulae came into use for determining UT1, and thus leap seconds.

While the new paradigm of celestial coordinates is rigorously
defined in terms of mathematics, it is lacking in a common
terminology. There has been an IAU Working Group on Nomenclature
for Fundamental Astronomy, and they are currently fielding a
questionnaire on what names should be applied to the new concepts.

The working group is at

and the questionnaire at

The responses are wanted this week, but the fact is that it is
difficult to make sense of the proposals without familiarity
with the past 20 years of literature on coordinate systems.

Steve Allen          UCO/Lick Observatory       Santa Cruz, CA 95064      Voice: +1 831 459 3046
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