Scientific objectives

Relativity has been becoming increasingly important for modelling and interpretation of high accuracy astronomical observations during at least the last 20 years. Relativitistic questions played an important role in the work of several IAU Commissions and Working Groups for an extended period of time. For these reasons the 26th General Assembly of the IAU, held in Prague in August 2006, has decided to establish the IAU Commission 52 "Relativity in Fundamental Astronomy" (RIFA). The general scientific goals of Commission 52 are:

  • clarify geometric and dynamical concepts of Fundamental Astronomy within relativistic framework

  • provide adequate mathematical and physical formulations to be used in Fundamental Astronomy

  • deepen understandings of the above results among astronomers and students in astronomy

  • promote research needed to acomplish these tasks