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Textbook on Spherical Astronomy. Astronomical Formulae for Calculators. Astronomical Algorithm in 9 Common Programming Languages. Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac.

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This is a cookbook of algorithms for solving a variety of numerical problems that come up in astronomy. Explanations of why the author chose to do things asyronomical certain way are not on the agenda, but various numerical examples are. Aetronomical are not included, although it is fairly easy to go from the algorithms presented to code. That book is a pleasure to read and was written with newcomers to the field in mind.

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It will tell you most of the “whys” omitted in this book. To understand some astronomical problems will require studying more than one chapter algoritthms this book.

For instance, to calculate the altitude of the Sun for a given time on a given date at a given place, one must first convert the date and time to Julian Day Chapter 7then calculate the Sun’s longitude for that instant Chapter 25its right ascension and declination Chapter 13the sidereal time Chapter 12 and finally the required altitude of the Sun Chapter This book focuses on classical mathematical astronomy, although a few astronomy oriented mathematical techniques are dealt with, such as interpolation, fitting curves, and sorting data.

Astrophysics is not a topic covered in this book. Also, it is plain that not all topics of mathematical astronomy could have been covered in this book. Thus, nothing is said about orbit determination, occultations of stars by the Moon, meteor astronomy, or eclipsing binaries. The table of contents can be hard to track down, and there are no excerpts available on line, so I present the table of contents next: Some Symbols and Abbreviations 5 1.

Hints and Tips 7 2.

About Accuracy 15 3. Curve Fitting 35 5. Sorting Numbers 55 7. Julian Day 59 8.

Date wstronomical Easter 67 9. Jewish and Moslem Calendars 71 Dynamical Time and Universal Time 77 The Earth’s Globe 81 Sidereal Time at Greenwich 87 Transformation of Coordinates 91 The Algorithma Angle 97 Rising, Transit and Setting Atmospheric Refraction Angular Separation Planetary Conjunctions Bodies in a Straight Line Nutation and algoritbms Obliquity of the Ecliptic Apparent Place of a Star Solar Coordinates astronomocal Rectangular Coordinates of the Sun Equinoxes and Solstices Equation of Time Ephemeris for Physical Observations of the Sun Equation of Kepler Elements algroithms the Planetary Orbits Positions of the Planets Elliptic Motion Parabolic Motion Near-Parabolic Motion The Calculation of some Planetary Phenomena Planets in Perihelion and Aphelion Passages through the Nodes Correction for Parallax Illuminated Fraction of the Disk and Magnitude of a Planet Ephemeris for Physical Observations of Mars Ephemeris for Physical Observations of Jupiter Positions of the Satellites of Jupiter The Ring of Saturn Positions of the Satellites of Saturn Position of the Moon Illuminated Fraction of the Moon’s Disk Phases of the Moon Perigee and Apogee of the Moon Passages of the Moon through the Nodes Maximum Declinations of the Moon Ephemeris for Physical Observations of the Moon Semidiameters of the Sun, Moon and ,eeus Stellar Magnitudes jeab Binary Stars I bought this book with high hopes, and was not disappointed.


It is clear, precise and very helpful in providing many algorithms and much needed explanations on calculating ephemerides. However, the calculations for the position of the sun was a little infuriating. I wanted a simple algorithm with less accuracy than suggested by Meeus.

By extension, Meeus then refers to the user to other works of even greater accuracy for the calculation of the position of the sun. However, this is a minor point. The book is well-done and is valuable extension to the Astronomical Almanac, and Explanatory Supplement.