Questions on the astronomical applications of Mathematica.

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MoonPosition and TimeZone support

With this question, I noticed some some weird results of MoonPosition. Consider the following code: ...
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Geocentric, Earth-fixed, coordinates of Sun, Moon (and others objects eventually)

I know I can get "HelioCoordinates" of the Earth and the Moon with ...
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How to get star coordinates for a given time

In the documentation of StarData, there is an example that shows how to get the altitude of Sirius at a given time (in the horizontal coordinate system). However, ...
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Plotting stellar spectrum from FITS file

I would like to make a plot of wavelength v. relative frequency from the stellar spectrum data in a FITS file (in order to fit a curve to one of the spectral lines). I used ...
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Align stars in multiple images

I hope that you find this question interesting and that this will help others with similar problems as this configuration is not so particular. My problem I have multiple images of a particular ...
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Using map projections with astronomical data

I noticed that all important "Geoprojections" are available in projections for a spherical reference models: GeoProjectionData function; 1 - I am trying using the sinusoidal projection for ...
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HEALPix grid on a sphere

Are there any Mathematica tools for using the HEALPix ( Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelation) grid on a sphere? It is commonly used in astronomy, but I have not found any Mathematica ...
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Astronomy: Transform coordinates from horizon to equatorial

I'm using Mathematica 10. Giving a longitude & latitude on Earth, giving a local time, how can I transform Horizon Coordinte (az , alt) to Equatorial Coordinate (RA , DEC). Use function so I can ...
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Creating an orrery

I am interested in creating an orrery, ideally with SystemModeler. I have been experimenting with the MultiBody library since that allows you to do animations. The most relevant example seems to be ...
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Obsolete AstronomicalData - how to convert to PlanetData

As of Mathematica version 10, AstronomicalData is obsolete, deprecated in favor of PlanetData, ...
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Problem evaluating a complicated integral

Apologies for stating my problem poorly in the first instance, thank you for the help in narrowing down the issue. Problem For those interested, it's for the exact unbiased inverse of the ...
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Combining three R, G, B matrices into a single matrix of 3-tuples?

Working with Mathematica 8 on OSX here. I have three $1024 \times 1024$ matrices representing the counts from consecutive exposures onto a CCD with $R$, $G$, and $B$ filters on it, and am looking to ...
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How can I get this Graphics3D to rotate around a particular sphere?

I made this Graphics3D of the Sun with the plotted orbits of a few astronomical objects. ...
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Combining solar system planets orbits and positions in Graphics3D and Show

I am building an animated model of the solar system, where I would like to display the OrbitPaths of the planets along with their ...
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AstronomicalData not including units?

I like using mathematica to do my physics homework, and AstronomicalData is useful for that, but it doesn't seem to work properly with units. [the question is, at ...
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Correctly set up FindMinimum

I am trying to setup the following minimization to align two astronomical images. ...
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Using DeleteCases with multiple AstronomicalData properties

I am attempting to use AstronomicalData and DeleteCases together to remove invalid cases of two properties while listing the ...
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Computing lists using AstronomicalData

Edit: Initially in my question I asked how I could search the database of AstronomicalData["Exoplanets"] and return 2 filtered values that only contained valued ...
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Impact Crater Simulation

I have been trying to model crater formation on a given planetary surface - $500\,\textrm{km}^2$. The locations of impacts are random, however, if an impact is within $30\,\textrm{km}$ of another, the ...
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How to get the distance of Jupiter from the sun?

I am aware of the command AstronomicalData["Jupiter", "Distance"] from which I can get the distance between the earth and Jupiter. Is there any way to use ...
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Circular Orbit Velocity in Vector Components

I'm trying to find out how to calculate the initial velocity needed to keep a spacecraft in a circular orbit around the Earth given its initial position and an initial angle theta in a Cartesian ...
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Earth to Mars Interplanetary Travel Escape Velocity

I'm trying to create a script that simulates interplanetary travel from Earth to Mars using a Hohmann transfer, but I'm having a few difficulties getting the correct escape velocity. I'm using an x-y ...
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Only final result from NDSolve

Finally I started to play with differential equations in Mathematica. And I have faced the problem, which seems too me so basic that I'm afraid this question is going to be closed soon. However, ...
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AstronomicalData and Planetary Heliocentric (x,y,z) Velocity Components

I'm trying to find data on the heliocentric velocities of planets in our solar system and was directed to Mathematica's AstronomicalData in a previous topic. ...
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Solar System Orbital Parameters [duplicate]

I recently made an n-body simulation and thought it would be interesting to try and model it on the interior of our solar system (Sun to Mars), but I cannot find initial conditions for such an ...
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The Orbit and Perigee of the Flamsteed comet

Historical context This year we have the 330-th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna - one of the great formative events of European history, it took place on September 12, 1683. Kara Mustafa, Grand ...
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Creating a simulation of our Solar System

As the title says, my objective is to create a simulation of the motion of the planets in our Solar System using Mathematica. All the theoretical background regarding the equations of motion of ...
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How is AstronomicalData interpreting its date arguments?

It is easy to confirm that the AstronomicalData is not interpreting its arguments as UTC (or "GMT", which is, in any case, ambiguous) dates by verifying that the ...
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Is there a way to get AbsoluteTime to correctly report absolute time differences?

Absolute time supposedly reports the "total number of seconds" between two dates, but it does not. For example because of the leap second applied at 2012-06-30T23:59:60Z ...
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What do AstronomicalData's “SetTime” and “RiseTime” values refer to?

What astronomical event do AstronomicalData's "NextRiseTime", "NextSetTime", ...
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How do I determine astronomical transit times?

Mathematica, through the "legacy" Scientific Astronomer package, used to have the ability to easily determine accurate transit times of astronomical objects simply, with ...
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Mollweide maps in Mathematica

Context In my field of research, many people use the following package: healpix (for Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelization) which has been ported to a few different languages (F90, C,C++, ...
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Why is AstronomicalData so slow?

I'm having trouble getting some pretty simple functions using AstronomicalData to perform at anywhere near the speed I need them to. For example, I have many ...
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How do I compute sidereal time and JD?

There was once a package that provided a wide range of functions for computing astronomical information. This package now appears to be out of date; but as near as I can tell, many of the useful ...
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Composition: how to make a day and night world map?

Given the following world images: ...
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Why is Neptune missing from AstronomicalData?

An old notebook I've recently started working with has a strange error: Prior to version 8, a figure I generated using Drop[AstronomicalData["Planet"],-1] to ...