Celestial Mechanics theme is a component of Encyclopedia of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.
This volume provides an exhaustive background on classical topics and recent developments in Celestial Mechanics and their applications to Astrodynamics. Celestial Mechanics is devoted to the study of the motion of the celestial bodies which influence each other, mainly due to the gravitational law. This discipline been grew together with humankind: the computation of the succession of seasons was of fundamental importance for the survival of human race, the prediction of the phenomena of the sky like eclipses is as old as Babylonian people, the determination of the position of a ship in the sea relied on the knowledge of the position of stars and planets. These are just a few reasons which led scientists to study the dynamics of the celestial bodies and to develop cosmological models.
The volume covers a very large spectrum of topics and they offer a wide panorama of the classical and modern aspects of this discipline. All chapters, authored by outstanding specialists in the field, are written at university level and can be used by undergraduate students as well as by graduate students and researchers for an exhaustive approach to Celestial Mechanics.