Register to reply

Subtracting the proper motion resulting from movement of the Sun

Share this thread:
May10-12, 04:53 PM
P: 6
I have been trying to compute the velocity of the star with respect to its local medium from the proper motion measurements. Sure, you can calculate the corresponding velocities by v = 4.74*(proper motion)*distance (in suitable units), but this resulting velocity is now with respect to Sun.

I have been searching for a method to compute that. So far I have found the velocity components of the solar peculiar motion (U, V, W) = (10, 11, 7.2) km/s and velocity of the local standard of rest v_lsr = 240 km/s. I have tried to convert the proper motion (in galactic coordinates) into velocity in cartesian coordinates, then subtract the solar velocity given as (10, 11 - 240, 7.2) and convert the resulting velocity back into galactic coordinates but I keep getting the wrong values...

I must be doing something wrong. I have not been able to found any comprehensible guide on how to do this. If someone know of something that can help me, I will be grateful.
Phys.Org News Partner Astronomy news on
Planets with oddball orbits like Mercury could host life
Hubble paints a spattering of blue in irregular galaxy IC 559
The entropy of black holes
May21-12, 07:29 AM
P: 6
A brief cookbook can be found in Astronomy and Astrophysics, v.431, p.L1-L4 (2005) .
Just in a case someone might need it sometime :).

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Subtracting centrifugal acceleration from acceleration caused by movement General Physics 1
Angle of star proper movement Cosmology 1
Using proper motion to calculate RA and Dec change Advanced Physics Homework 0
Movement in relative motion Introductory Physics Homework 2
Equations of motion and proper Significant Digits. Introductory Physics Homework 1