An Etymological Dictionary of Astronomy and Astrophysics

فرهنگ ریشه شناختی اخترشناسی-اخترفیزیک

M. Heydari-Malayeri    -    Paris Observatory



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Fr.: fusée   

A projectile driven by reaction propulsion that carries its own propellants. → missile = mušak (موشک).

From It. rocchetto "a rocket," literally "a bobbin," diminutive of rocca "a distaff," with reference to its shape.

rocket astronomy
  اخترشناسی با روکت   
axtaršenâsi bâ roket

Fr.: astronomie par fusée   

The study of celestial bodies in the wavelengths that are almost completely absorbed by the atmosphere, by using a rocket to carry instruments above 250 km to measure the searched for phenomena.

rocket; → astronomy.

  روکت‌شناسی، روکت‌گری   
roket šenâsi, roketgari

Fr.: fuséologie   

The science of rocket design, development, and flight.

rocket + -ry a noun suffix.

Roket šenâsi, from roket, → rocket, + šenâsi, → -logy; roketgari with suffix -gari, from -gar, → -or.


Fr.: fusée-sonde lancée à partir d'un ballon   

A rocket launched from a balloon at a pre-determined height and fired by a ground-controlled radio relay when some particular event, e.g. a solar flare, occurs.

From rocket + balloon.

From roket + lon, → ballon astronomy.

Roemer's measurement
  اندازه‌گیری ِ رؤمر   
andâzegiri-ye Rømer

Fr.: mesure de Rømer   

The first successful measurement of the → speed of light carried out by the Danish astronomer Ole Rømer in 1675 at Paris Observatory. Astronomers knew that the mean period of revolution for Jupiter's innermost satellite → Io (Jupiter I) was 42.5 hours. During this period Io was sometimes eclipsed by Jupiter. Astronomers expected that if Io was visible at some time it must be visible 42.5 hours later. But Ole Rømer discovered that there were many irregularities in Io's orbital period. Sometimes Io appeared too early and other times too late in relation to the expected times. The irregularities repeated themselves precisely at a one-year interval, which meant that they must be connected to the Earth's rotation around the Sun. Rømer attributed this difference in time to the additional distance the light from Io had to travel at different times, and used this information to calculate the speed of light. He found that it takes light 22 minutes to traverse the Earth's orbital diameter; the correct figure was later determined to be 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Rømer was able to measure the speed of light to be 230,000 km s-1. Although this figure was very close to the currently accepted value of 300,000 km s-1, it was rejected by the scientific community of the time, who assumed it to be much too high a figure.

Ole Rømer (1664-1710); → measurement.

rontgen (#)

Fr.: roentgen   

A unit of radiation exposure defined as a charge release rate of 258 micro-coulombs per kilogram of air.

Named after the German physicist Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen (1845-1923), one of the early investigators of radioactivity.

rontgeniom (#)

Fr.: roentgenium   

An artificially produced radioactive chemical element; symbol Rg. Atomic number 111; mass number of most stable isotope 272; melting point, boiling point, specific gravity, and valence unknown.

Named after the German physicist Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen (1845-1923), one of the early investigators of radioactivity.

velgard (#)

Fr.: vagabond   

A vagabond or tramp. A dishonest or unprincipled person.

Perhaps short for obsolete roger "begging vagabond."

Velgard "vagabond, roamer, tramp."

rogue planet
  سیاره‌ی ِ ولگرد   
sayyâre-ye velgard

Fr.: planète vagabonde   

Same as → free-floating object.

rogue; → planet.

roll cloud
  ابر ِ لوله‌وار   
abr-e lule-vâr

Fr.: nuage en rouleau   

A low, horizontal, tube-shaped, and relatively rare type of → arcus cloud.

M.E. scroll, inscribed scroll, register, cylindrical object < OF ro(u)lle M.E. rolle, from O.Fr. roule, rolle, from M.L. rotulus "a roll of paper," from L. rotula "small wheel," diminutive of rota "wheel;" → cloud.

Abr, → cloud; lule-vâr "tube like," from lulé "tube, pipe," related to lulidan "to roll, rotate; to stir, vibrate" + -vâr suffix of resemblance.

Rolle's theorem
  فربین ِ رول   
farbin-e Rolle

Fr.: théorème de Rolle   

If a function f(x) is → continuous on an interval [a,b] and is → differentiable at all points within this interval, and vanishes at the end points x = a and x = b, that is f(a) = f(b) = 0, then inside [a,b] there exists at least one point x = c, a < c < b, at which the derivative f'(x) vanishes.

Named after Michel Rolle (1652-1719), a French mathematician; → theorem.

Roman calendar
  گاهشمار ِ رومی   
gâhšomâr-e Rumi

Fr.: calendrier romain   

Any of several → lunar calendars used by Romans before the advent of the → Julian calendar in 46 B.C. The original Roman calendar, which had 10 months and 304 days, went back to the Greek calendar, although Romulas, the ruler of Rome, is given credit for starting the Roman calendar. Originally, the Roman calendar started the year in March with the → vernal equinox. The Roman calendar went through several changes from 800 B.C. to the Julian calendar. The 800 B.C. calendar had 10 months and a winter period, with a year of 304 days. In this calendar, the first month, March, was followed by Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, December, and Winter. The months starting with and following Quintilis all used the Latin numbers for names. Finally, for political reasons, the Romans made a change around 150 B.C. when they started using January as the beginning of their calendar year. Around 700 B.C. the 304 day calendar was expanded to 355 days by adding the months of February and January to the end of the year. Later in 450 B.C., January was moved in front of February. Finally, in 150 B.C. the Romans began to use January as the beginning of the calendar year. This calendar was replaced by the Julian calendar in 46 B.C.

From L. Romanus "of Rome, Roman," from Roma "Rome," of uncertain origin.

Roman numeral system
  راژمان ِ عددهای ِ رومی   
râžmân-e adadhâ-ye Rumi

Fr.: numération romaine   

A → number system in which letters represent numbers, still used occasionally today. The cardinal numbers are expressed by the following seven letters: I (1), V (5), X (10), L (50), C (100), D (500), and M (1,000). If a numeral with smaller value is written on right of greater value then smaller value is added to the greater one. If it is preceded by one of lower value, the smaller numeral is subtracted from the greater. Thus VI = 6 (V + I), but IV = 4 (V - I). Other examples are XC (90), CL (150), XXII (22), XCVII (97), CCCXCV (395). If symbol is repeated then its value is added. The symbols I, X, C and M can be repeated maximum 3 times. A dash line over a numeral multiplies the value by 1,000. For example V- = 5000, X- = 10,000, C- = 100,000, and DLIX- = 559,000.

numeral; → system.

zâq (#)

Fr.: corbeau freux   

A common Old World gregarious crow (Corvus frugilegus).

M.E., from O.E. hrôc; akin to O.H.G. hruoch "crow."

Zâq, from Mid.Pers. zâγ "crow."

rišé (#)

Fr.: racine   

1) Math.: A quantity that, when multiplied by itself a certain number of times, produces a given quantity. For example, since 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 81, 3 is a fourth root of 81.
2) Math.: A solution to an equation f(x) = 0. We say that x0 is a root or zero of a → polynomial if f(x0) = 0. For example, the roots of the equation x2 - 9 = 0 are +3 and -3.

From M.E., from O.E. rot, from O.N. rot "root;" cf. O.H.G. wurz "plant, herb;" Ger. Wurz; cognate with L. radix, radius "staff;" Gk. rhiza "root;" Albanian rrânzë "root;" PIE base *u(e)rad- "twig, root."

Rišé "root" (dialectal Tabari rexa; Kurd. regez, riše), from Mid.Pers. rêšak "root," maybe ultimately related to PIE *u(e)rad-, as above, although the Skt. offshoot is absent.

root mean square (rms)
  ریشه‌ی ِ چاروشی ِ میانگین، ~ ِ دوم ِ ~   
riše-ye câruši-ye miyângin, ~ dovom-e ~

Fr.: valeur quadratique moyenne   

The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of the numbers in a given set.

root; → mean; → square.

root-mean-square error
  ایرنگ ِ ریشه‌ی ِ چاروشی ِ میانگین، ~ ~ ِ دوم ِ ~   
irang-e riše-ye câruši-ye miyângin, ~ ~ dovom-e ~


The square root of the second moment corresponding to the frequency function of a random variable.

root; → mean; → square; → error.

root-mean-square value
  ارزش ِ ریشه‌ی ِ چاروشی ِ میانگین   
arzeš-e riše-ye câruši-ye miyângin

Fr.: écart quadratique moyen, écart type   

Statistics: The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of the deviation of observed values from their arithmetic mean.

root; → mean; → square; → deviation.


Fr.: ROSAT   

A German X-ray satellite developed through a cooperative program with the United States and the United Kingdom. The satellite, launched by a Delta rocket (Cape Canaveral) on June 1, 1990, operated until February 12, 1999. ROSAT consisted of two telescopes performing in the → soft X-ray (0.1-2.4 keV) and → extreme ultraviolet (EUV) (006-0.2 keV) ranges. It carried out the first → all-sky surveys with imaging X-ray and EUV telescopes leading to the discovery of 125,000 X-ray and 479 EUV sources. In addition the diffuse Galactic X-ray emission was mapped with unprecedented angular resolution (≤ 1 arcmin). Most of the mission time was devoted to pointed observations at selected targets. ROSAT imaged everything from nearby asteroids and comets to distant quasars during its 8-year mission. The main ROSAT data centers were and are at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching (X-rays) and at the University of Leicester (EUV) with mirror sites at the Goddard Space Flight Center and other research institutes.

ROSAT, short for the → ROentgen SATellite, in honor of the German physicist.


Fr.: Rosetta   

A spacecraft launched in March 2004 by the → European Space Agency to be the first man-made object to orbit a → comet's → nucleus. Rosetta will also be the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it heads toward → perihelion in the inner → solar system. After a ten-year voyage across the solar system, it will reach a → periodic comet known as Comet 67P/ → Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta will remain in close proximity to the icy nucleus as it plunges toward the warmer inner reaches of the Sun's realm. Rosetta orbiter's scientific payload includes 11 different instruments, in addition to a robotic lander and 10 solar panels spanning 32 m tip to tip. In November 2014, Rosetta will launch the 100 kg lander, named Philae, onto the comet. Philae will touch down and then fire a harpoon to anchor itself and prevent it from escaping the comet's weak gravity. The lander carries 10 instruments, including a drill to take samples of subsurface material. More than a year will pass before the remarkable mission comes to an end in December 2015. By then, both the spacecraft and the comet will have circled the Sun and will be on their way out of the inner solar system. Rosetta's prime objective is to help understand the origin and evolution of the solar system. The comet's composition reflects the composition of the pre-solar nebula out of which the Sun and the planets of the solar system formed, more than 4.6 billion years ago. Therefore, an in-depth analysis of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta and its lander will provide essential information to understand how the solar system formed. Before arriving at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk, Rosetta flew by the → asteroids 2867 → Steins and 21 → Lutetia in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and gathered data on them.

Named for the Rosetta Stone, a black stele that was inscribed with a royal decree (196 BC) in two languages using three scripts: Egyptian hieroglyphics, Egyptian Demotic, and Greek. The Rosetta Stone was found in a small village in the Nile Delta called Rashid (Rosetta) in 1799. The spacecraft's robotic lander is called Philae, after a similarly inscribed obelisk found on an island in the Nile River. Both the stone and the obelisk were key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, carried out by Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832) in 1822. Astronomers hope the Rosetta mission will provide a key to many questions about the origins of the solar system.

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