Astronomy on the Personal Computer / Edition 4

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A thorough introduction to the computation of celestial mechanics, covering everything from astronomical and computational theory to the construction of rapid and accurate applications programs. The book supplies the necessary knowledge and software solutions for determining and predicting positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, minor planets and comets, solar eclipses, stellar occultations by the Moon, phases of the Moon and much more. This completely revised edition takes advantage of C++, and individual applications may be efficiently realized through the use of a powerful module library. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the complete, fully documented and commented source codes as well as executable programs for Windows 98/2000/XP and LINUX.

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For students and amateur and professional astronomers, explains how to use personal computers to calculate rising and setting times, orbits of comets and planets, eclipses and occultations, and other commonly sought factors. Each chapter concludes with a complete program (in PASCAL) for the task. Also includes a 51/4" disc. Translated from the 1989 German edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540672210
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: 4th Corrected ed. 2000. Corr. 4th printing 2009
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 Coordinate Systems.- 3 Calculation of Rising and Setting Times.- 4 Cometary Orbits.- 5 Special Perturbations.- 6 Planetary Orbits.- 7 Physical Ephemerides of the Planets.- 8 The Orbit of the Moon.- 9 Solar Eclipses.- 10 Stellar Occultations.- 11 Orbit Determination.- 12 Astrometry.- A.1 The Accompanying CD-ROM.- A.1.1 Contents.- A.1.2 System Requirements.- A.1.3 Executing the Programs.- A.2 Compiling and Linking the Programs.- A.2.1 General Advice on Computer-Specific Modifications.- A.2.2 Microsoft Visual C++ for Windows 98/2000/XP.- A.2.3 GNU C++ for Linux.- A.3 List of the Library Functions.- Symbols.

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