Questions on the astronomical applications of Mathematica.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

6
votes
2answers
375 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
73 views

Obsolete AstronomicalData - how to convert to PlanetData

As of Mathematica version 10, AstronomicalData is obsolete, deprecated in favor of PlanetData, ...
1
vote
2answers
87 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

Trouble combining planet 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
346 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
456 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
145 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
103 views

Correctly set up FindMinimum

I am trying to setup the following minimization to align two astronomical images. ...
0
votes
1answer
124 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
118 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
277 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
297 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
201 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
179 views

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. ...
15
votes
3answers
2k views

Composition: how to make a day and night world map?

Given the following world images: ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
404 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
950 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
353 views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
224 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
219 views

What do AstronomicalData's “SetTime” and “RiseTime” values refer to?

What astronomical event do AstronomicalData's "NextRiseTime", "NextSetTime", ...
9
votes
1answer
239 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
368 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
249 views

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 ...