ASTRONOMICAL ALGORITHMS BY JEAN MEEUS PDF

Virtually every previous handbook on celestial calculations including his own earlier work was forced to rely on formulae for the Sun, Moon, and planets that were developed in the last century-or at least before The past 10 years, however, have seen a stunning revolution in how the world's major observatories produce their almanacs. Naval Observatory in Washington, D. Yet until now the fruits of this exciting work have remained mostly out of reach of ordinary people. The details have existed mainly on reels of magnetic tape in a form comprehensible only to the largest brains, human or electronic. But astronomical algorithms changes all that With his special knack for computations of all sorts, the author has made the essentials of thesemodern techniques available to us all.

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Errata: 1st Edition Errata: 2nd Edition. In the field of celestial calculations, Jean Meeus has enjoyed wide acclaim and respect since long before microcomputers and pocket calculators appeared on the market. When he brought out his Astronomical Formulae for Calculators in , it was practically the only book of its genre. It quickly became the "source among sources," even for other writers in the field. Many of them have warmly acknowledged their debt or should have , citing the unparalleled clarity of his instructions and the rigor of his methods.

And now this Belgian astronomer has outdone himself yet again with Astronomical Algorithms! The past 10 years, however, have seen a stunning revolution in how the world's major observatories produce their almanacs. Naval Observatory in Washington, D. At the same time in Paris, the Bureau des Longitudes has been a beehive of activity aimed at describing these motions analytically, in the form of explicit equations.

Yet until now the fruits of this exciting work have remained mostly out of reach of ordinary people. The details have existed mainly on reels of magnetic tape in a form comprehensible only to the largest brains, human or electronic. But Astronomical Algorithms changes all that. With his special knack for computations of all sorts, the author has made the essentials of these modern techniques available to us all. The second edition contains new chapters about the Jewish and Moslem Calendars, and on the satellites of Saturn, and a new Appendix giving expressions polynomials for the heliocentric coordinates of the giant planets Jupiter to Neptune from to There are times when an amateur astronomer wants to perform the computations that support his or her observations.

Astronomical Algorithms is the reference to have for this. Discussions are complete enough to make the equations fully understandable to the novice, and virtually every algorithm includes a fully worked numerical example. This is a very handy reference, well worth owning, even if you never have to perform a specific calculation. The text alone is helpful for understanding how the theories of celestial mechanics are applied in practice.

Indispensable for any student of astronomy, amateur or professional, who enjoys computation. Already celebrated for his contributions to the literature of astronomical calculating, Belgian meteorologist Jean Meeus has authored another helpful, though technical, compendium for the mathematically minded.

Taking advantage of new astrodynamic models, he has transformed complex techniques into a series of recipes that will permit the motivated, computerized cognoscienti to calculate just about anything they wish. Between the Urania-ornamented covers of this book you get all kinds of time, atmospheric refraction, conjuctions, obliquity of the ecliptic, equinoxes and solstices, planetary ephemerides, lunar phases, eclipses, binary stars, and a whole lot more.

Some Symbols and Abbreviations 5 1. Hints and Tips 7 2. About Accuracy 15 3. Interpolation 23 4. Curve Fitting 35 5. Iteration 47 6. Sorting Numbers 55 7. Julian Day 59 8. Date of Easter 67 9. Jewish and Moslem Calendars 71 Dynamical Time and Universal Time 77 Sidereal Time at Greenwich 87 Transformation of Coordinates 91 The Parallactic Angle 97 Rising, Transit and Setting Atmospheric Refraction Angular Separation Planetary Conjunctions Bodies in a Straight Line Precession Nutation and the Obliquity of the Ecliptic Apparent Place of a Star Solar Coordinates Rectangular Coordinates of the Sun Equinoxes and Solstices Equation of Time Ephemeris for Physical Observations of the Sun Equation of Kepler Elements of the Planetary Orbits Positions of the Planets Elliptic Motion Parabolic Motion Near-Parabolic Motion The Calculation of some Planetary Phenomena Pluto 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 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 Eclipses Semidiameters of the Sun, Moon and Planets Stellar Magnitudes Binary Stars Note: Activation requires a response to an email that we will send to this address.

About the book Astronomical Algorithms In the field of celestial calculations, Jean Meeus has enjoyed wide acclaim and respect since long before microcomputers and pocket calculators appeared on the market.

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Errata: 1st Edition Errata: 2nd Edition. In the field of celestial calculations, Jean Meeus has enjoyed wide acclaim and respect since long before microcomputers and pocket calculators appeared on the market. When he brought out his Astronomical Formulae for Calculators in , it was practically the only book of its genre. It quickly became the "source among sources," even for other writers in the field.

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