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picture of USNO circulars The publications listed below are available from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Except for the last five in the list, they are part of the U.S. Naval Observatory Circulars (Circ) series.

They provide computed data, formulas, mathematical developments, or observational results by Naval Observatory astronomers. Only the titles listed below are available from the Naval Observatory. Other titles in the series are no longer available for purchase, although technical libraries (especially astronomy libraries at universities) may have copies.

To order any of these publications in print form, use the order form provided: print it out, fill it in, and mail it to the Naval Observatory with your payment. We cannot accept telephone, fax, or e-mail orders. Only checks or money orders (in U.S. currency, drawn on a U.S. bank) can be accepted for payment. Payment must be received before orders are filled. Prices listed below include shipping.

E-books listed below are free of charge.

Circulars and Special Publications
Series # Title E-book Print
Circ 112 Phases of the Moon, 1800-1959 (1966) $2
Circ 141 Lunar Limb Profiles for Solar Eclipses (1973) PDF (622K) $2
Circ 163 The IAU Resolutions on Astronomical Constants, Time Scales, and the Fundamental Reference Frame (1981) PDF (3.5MB) $2
Circ 169 Phases of the Moon, 2000-2049 (1986) PDF (2.7MB) $2
Circ 170 Solar Eclipses, 1991-2000 (1986) $2
Circ 171 Computer Programs for Sun and Moon Illuminance With Contingent Tables and Diagrams (1987) $5
Circ 178 List of Active Professional Observatories (2000) $5
Circ 179 The IAU Resolutions on Astronomical Reference Systems, Time Scales, and Earth Rotation Models: Explanation and Implementation (2005) PDF (1.6MB) $10
Circ 180 User's Guide to NOVAS 3.0 PDF (1.3MB) $10
Circ 181 Nutation Series Evaluation in NOVAS 3.0 (2009) PDF (340K) $2
Special Sky with Ocean Joined - Proceedings of the Sesquicentennial Symposia of the U.S. Naval Observatory (1983) $10
Special AE98 U.S. Naval Observatory Ephemerides of the Largest Asteroids (1998) (15 ephemerides with associated software on CD-ROM) $2
Special Proceedings of U.S. Nautical Almanac Office Sesquicentennial Symposium (1999) (24 technical/historical papers) $10
Special Towards Models and Constants for Sub-Microarcsecond Astrometry: Proceedings of IAU Colloquium 180 (2000) (53 technical papers). $2
Special The Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac