# Book: Celestial Mechanics (Tatum)

- Page ID
- 6783

Celestial mechanics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the motions of celestial objects. Historically, celestial mechanics applies principles of physics (classical mechanics) to astronomical objects, such as stars and planets, to produce ephemeris data.

- Front Matter
- 1: Numerical Methods
- 2: Conic Sections
- 3: Plane and Spherical Trigonometry
- 4: Coordinate Geometry in Three Dimensions
- 5: Gravitational Field and Potential
- 6: The Celestial Sphere
- 7: Time
- 8: Planetary Motions
- 9: The Two Body Problem in Two Dimensions
- 10: Computation of an Ephemeris
- 11: Photographic Astrometry
- 12: CCD Astrometry
- 13: Calculation of Orbital Elements
- 14: General Perturbation Theory
- 15: Special Perturbations
- 16: Equivalent Potential and the Restricted Three-Body Problem
- 17: Visual Binary Stars
- 18: Spectroscopic Binary Stars
- Back Matter

*Thumbnail: Note the two smaller eruptions before the big one. The Sun’s upper atmosphere (corona) is shown here. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported; Patrick McCauley/From Quarks to Quasars/SDO via Wikipedia).*