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Astronomy on the Personal Computer

  • Oliver Montenbruck
  • Thomas Pfleger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 1-6
  3. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 7-33
  4. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 35-58
  5. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 59-82
  6. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 83-106
  7. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 107-130
  8. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 131-152
  9. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 153-176
  10. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 177-203
  11. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 205-227
  12. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 229-252
  13. Oliver Montenbruck, Thomas Pfleger
    Pages 253-266
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 267-313

About this book

Introduction

It is said that a typical astronomer of the 19th century spent seven hours working at a desk for every hour spent at the telescope. That 's how long the routine analysis of data took with pencil, paper, and logarithmic tables. Thus when Wilhelm Olbers discovered the minor planet Vesta in 1807 and gathered the necessary observations, his friend Gauss needed almost 10 hours to hand­ calculate its orbit. That achievement astonished many less gifted astronomers of the time, who might have labored days to work out the orbit of a newfound comet. How different things are today! Gauss's method of orbit determination, presented in Chap. 11 of this book, runs to completion on a horne computer in a few seconds at most. The machine will issue its accurate results in less time than it takes to key in the observations. In this book, alandmark in the youthfulliterature of astronomical com­ puter algorithms, Oliver Montenbruck and Thomas Pfleger cover many topics of keen interest to the practical ob server. For me its most remarkable feature is the library of interrelated program modules, aIl elegantly written in PAS­ CAL. Anyone who has tried to create such modules in interpreted BASIC soon runs into trouble: too few letters for variable names, not enough signifi­ cant digits, and so on. These PASCAL routines are invoked one after another in coordinate transformations and calendar conversions.

Keywords

Astrometrie Kalenderrechnung Personal Computer Perturbation calculations Planetenbahnen Sonnenfinsternis Störungsrechnung astrometry physical ephemerides planetary orbits plants solar eclipses sun time and date calculation two-body problem;

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver Montenbruck
    • 1
  • Thomas Pfleger
    • 2
  1. 1.DLR-GSOCWeßlingGermany
  2. 2.HennefGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-02982-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-02984-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02982-4
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