Radio Method for the Precise Measurement of the Rotation Period of the Earth

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Science  21 Jul 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3786, pp. 302-304
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3786.302


Radio interferometry with independent high-precision clocks, without a high-frequency communication channel between the stations, is now a possibility. It allows the stations to be as far apart as the earth can accommodate. This then makes the radio band from 10- to 60-centimeters wavelength the best frequency range for high-precision angular measurements, since the variability of the atmosphere is less disturbing there than in the optical band.