adstring¶

adstring
(ra::Real, dec::Real[, precision::Int=2, truncate::Bool=true]) → string 
adstring
([ra, dec]) → string 
adstring
(dec) → string 
adstring
([ra][, dec]) → ["string1", "string2", ...]
Purpose¶
Returns right ascension and declination as string(s) in sexagesimal format.
Explanation¶
Takes right ascension and declination expressed in decimal format, converts them to sexagesimal and return a formatted string. The precision of right ascension and declination can be specified.
Arguments¶
Arguments of this function are:
ra
: right ascension in decimal degrees. It is converted to hours before printing.dec
: declination in decimal degrees.
The function can be called in different ways:
 Two numeric arguments: first is
ra
, the second isdec
.  A 2tuple
(ra, dec)
.  One 2element numeric array:
[ra, dec]
. A single string is returned.  One numeric argument: it is assumed only
dec
is provided.  Two numeric arrays of the same length:
ra
anddec
arrays. An array of strings is returned.  An array of 2tuples
(ra, dec)
.
Optional keywords affecting the output format are always available:
precision
(optional integer keyword): specifies the number of digits of declination seconds. The number of digits for righ ascension seconds is always assumed to be one moreprecision
. If the function is called with onlydec
as input,precision
default to 1, in any other case defaults to 0.truncate
(optional boolean keyword): if true, then the last displayed digit in the output is truncated in precision rather than rounded. This option is useful ifadstring
is used to form an official IAU name (see http://vizier.ustrasbg.fr/Dic/iauspec.htx) with coordinate specification.
Output¶
The function returns one string if the function was called with scalar
ra
and dec
(or only dec
) or a 2element array [ra, dec]
.
If instead it was feeded with arrays of ra
and dec
, an array of
strings will be returned. The format of strings can be specified with
precision
and truncate
keywords, see above.
Example¶
adstring(30.4, 1.23, truncate=true)
# => " 02 01 35.9 01 13 48"
adstring([30.4, 15.63], [1.23, 48.41], precision=1)
# => 2element Array{AbstractString,1}:
# " 02 01 36.00 01 13 48.0"
# "22 57 28.80 +48 24 36.0"
airtovac¶

airtovac
(wave_air) → wave_vacuum
Purpose¶
Converts air wavelengths to vacuum wavelengths.
Explanation¶
Wavelengths are corrected for the index of refraction of air under standard conditions. Wavelength values below \(2000 Å\) will not be altered. Uses relation of Ciddor (1996).
Arguments¶
wave_air
: can be either a scalar or an array of numbers. Wavelengths are corrected for the index of refraction of air under standard conditions. Wavelength values below \(2000 Å\) will not be altered, take care within \([1 Å, 2000 Å]\).
Output¶
Vacuum wavelength in angstroms, same number of elements as wave_air
.
Method¶
Uses relation of Ciddor (1996), Applied Optics 62, 958.
Example¶
If the air wavelength is w = 6056.125
(a Krypton line), then
airtovac(w)
yields a vacuum wavelength of 6057.8019
.
Notes¶
vactoair
converts vacuum wavelengths to air wavelengths.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
aitoff¶

aitoff
(l, b) → x, y
Purpose¶
Convert longitude l
and latitude b
to (x, y)
using an Aitoff
projection.
Explanation¶
This function can be used to create an allsky map in Galactic coordinates with an equalarea Aitoff projection. Output map coordinates are zero longitude centered.
Arguments¶
l
: longitude, scalar or vector, in degrees.b
: latitude, number of elements asl
, in degrees.
Coordinates can be given also as a 2tuple (l, b)
.
Output¶
2tuple (x, y)
.
x
: x coordinate, same number of elements asl
.x
is normalized to be in \([180, 180]\).y
: y coordinate, same number of elements asl
.y
is normalized to be in \([90, 90]\).
Example¶
Get \((x ,y)\) Aitoff coordinates of Sirius, whose Galactic coordinates are \((227.23, 8.890)\).
x, y = aitoff(227.23, 8.890)
# => (137.92196683723276,11.772527357473054)
Notes¶
See AIPS memo No. 46
(ftp://ftp.aoc.nrao.edu/pub/software/aips/TEXT/PUBL/AIPSMEMO46.PS), page
4, for details of the algorithm. This version of aitoff
assumes the
projection is centered at b=0 degrees.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
altaz2hadec¶

altaz2hadec
(alt, az, lat) → ha, dec
Purpose¶
Convert Horizon (AltAz) coordinates to Hour Angle and Declination.
Explanation¶
Can deal with the NCP singularity. Intended mainly to be used by program
hor2eq
.
Arguments¶
Input coordinates may be either a scalar or an array, of the same dimension.
alt
: local apparent altitude, in degrees, scalar or array.az
: the local apparent azimuth, in degrees, scalar or vector, measured east of north!!! If you have measured azimuth westofsouth (like the book Meeus does), convert it to east of north via:az = (az + 180) % 360
.lat
: the local geodetic latitude, in degrees, scalar or array.
alt
and az
can be given as a 2tuple (alt, az)
.
Output¶
2tuple (ha, dec)
ha
: the local apparent hour angle, in degrees. The hour angle is the time that right ascension of 0 hours crosses the local meridian. It is unambiguously defined.dec
: the local apparent declination, in degrees.
The output coordinates are always floating points and have the same type (scalar or array) as the input coordinates.
Example¶
Arcturus is observed at an apparent altitude of 59d,05m,10s and an azimuth (measured east of north) of 133d,18m,29s while at the latitude of +43.07833 degrees. What are the local hour angle and declination of this object?
ha, dec = altaz2hadec(ten(59,05,10), ten(133,18,29), 43.07833)
# => (336.6828582472844,19.182450965120402)
The widely available XEPHEM code gets:
Hour Angle = 336.683
Declination = 19.1824
Notes¶
hadec2altaz
converts Hour Angle and Declination to Horizon (AltAz)
coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
bprecess¶

bprecess
(ra, dec[, epoch]) → ra1950, dec1950 
bprecess
(ra, dec, muradec[, parallax=parallax, radvel=radvel]) → ra1950, dec1950
Purpose¶
Precess positions from J2000.0 (FK5) to B1950.0 (FK4).
Explanation¶
Calculates the mean place of a star at B1950.0 on the FK4 system from the mean place at J2000.0 on the FK5 system.
bprecess
function has two methods, one for each of the following
cases:
 the proper motion is known and nonzero
 the proper motion is unknown or known to be exactly zero (i.e. extragalactic radio sources). Better precision can be achieved in this case by inputting the epoch of the original observations.
Arguments¶
The function has 2 methods. The common mandatory arguments are:
ra
: input J2000 right ascension, in degrees.dec
: input J2000 declination, in degrees.
The two methods have a different third argument (see “Explanation” section for more details). It can be one of the following:
muradec
: 2element vector containing the proper motion in seconds of arc per tropical century in right ascension and declination.epoch
: scalar giving epoch of original observations.
If none of these two arguments is provided (so bprecess
is fed only
with right ascension and declination), it is assumed that proper motion
is exactly zero and epoch = 2000
.
If it is used the method involving muradec
argument, the following
keywords are available:
parallax
(optional numerical keyword): stellar parallax, in seconds of arc.radvel
(optional numerical keyword): radial velocity in km/s.
Right ascension and declination can be passed as the 2tuple
(ra, dec)
. You can also pass ra
, dec
, parallax
, and
radvel
as arrays, all of the same length N. In that case,
muradec
should be a matrix 2×N.
Output¶
The 2tuple of right ascension and declination in 1950, in degrees, of
input coordinates is returned. If ra
and dec
(and other possible
optional arguments) are arrays, the 2tuple of arrays
(ra1950, dec1950)
of the same length as the input coordinates is
returned.
Method¶
The algorithm is taken from the Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac 1992, page 186. See also Aoki et al (1983), A&A, 128, 263. URL: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1983A%26A...128..263A.
Example¶
The SAO2000 catalogue gives the J2000 position and proper motion for the star HD 119288. Find the B1950 position.
 RA(2000) = 13h 42m 12.740s
 Dec(2000) = 8d 23’ 17.69’‘
 Mu(RA) = .0257 s/yr
 Mu(Dec) = .090 ‘’/yr
muradec = 100*[15*0.0257, 0.090]; # convert to century proper motion
ra = ten(13, 42, 12.74)*15;
decl = ten(8, 23, 17.69);
adstring(bprecess(ra, decl, muradec), precision=2)
# => " 13 39 44.526 +08 38 28.63"
Notes¶
“When transferring individual observations, as opposed to catalog mean place, the safest method is to tranform the observations back to the epoch of the observation, on the FK4 system (or in the system that was used to to produce the observed mean place), convert to the FK5 system, and transform to the the epoch and equinox of J2000.0” – from the Explanatory Supplement (1992), p. 180
jprecess
performs the precession to J2000 coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
calz_unred¶

calz_unred
(wave, flux, ebv[, r_v]) → deredden_wave¶
Purpose¶
Deredden a galaxy spectrum using the Calzetti et al. (2000) recipe.
Explanation¶
Calzetti et al. (2000, ApJ 533, 682;
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2000ApJ...533..682C) developed a recipe
for dereddening the spectra of galaxies where massive stars dominate the
radiation output, valid between \(0.12\) to \(2.2\) microns.
(calz_unred
extrapolates between \(0.12\) and \(0.0912\)
microns.)
Arguments¶
wave
: wavelength vector (Angstroms)flux
: calibrated flux vector, same number of elements aswave
.ebv
: color excess E(BV), scalar. If a negativeebv
is supplied, then fluxes will be reddened rather than deredenned. Note that the supplied color excess should be that derived for the stellar continuum, EBV(stars), which is related to the reddening derived from the gas, EBV(gas), via the Balmer decrement by EBV(stars) = 0.44*EBV(gas).r_v
(optional): scalar ratio of total to selective extinction, default is 4.05. Calzetti et al. (2000) estimate \(r_v = 4.05 \pm 0.80\) from opticalIR observations of 4 starbursts.
Output¶
Unreddened flux vector, same units and number of elements as flux
.
Flux values will be left unchanged outside valid domain (\(0.0912\)
 \(2.2\) microns).
Example¶
Estimate how a flat galaxy spectrum (in wavelength) between \(1200 Å\) and \(3200 Å\) is altered by a reddening of E(BV) = 0.1.
wave = reshape(1200:50:3150,40);
flux = ones(wave);
flux_new = calz_unred(wave, flux, 0.1);
Using a plotting tool you can visualize the unreddend flux. For example, with PyPlot.jl
using PyPlot
plot(wave, flux_new)
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
ct2lst¶

ct2lst
(longitude, jd) → local_sidereal_time 
ct2lst
(longitude, tz, date) → local_sidereal_time
Purpose¶
Convert from Local Civil Time to Local Mean Sidereal Time.
Arguments¶
The function can be called in two different ways. The only argument
common to both methods is longitude
:
longitude
: the longitude in degrees (east of Greenwich) of the place for which the local sidereal time is desired, scalar. The Greenwich mean sidereal time (GMST) can be found by setting longitude =0
.
The civil date to be converted to mean sidereal time can be specified either by providing the Julian days:
jd
: this is number of Julian days for the date to be converted. It can be a scalar or an array.
or the time zone and the date:
tz
: the time zone of the site in hours, positive East of the Greenwich meridian (ahead of GMT). Use this parameter to easily account for Daylight Savings time (e.g. 4=EDT, 5 = EST/CDT), scalar.date
: this is the local civil time with typeDateTime
. It can be a scalar or an array.
Output¶
The local sidereal time for the date/time specified in hours. This is a
scalar or an array of the same length as jd
or date
.
Method¶
The Julian days of the day and time is question is used to determine the number of days to have passed since 20000101. This is used in conjunction with the GST of that date to extrapolate to the current GST; this is then used to get the LST. See Astronomical Algorithms by Jean Meeus, p. 84 (Eq. 114) for the constants used.
Example¶
Find the Greenwich mean sidereal time (GMST) on 20080730 at 15:53 in Baltimore, Maryland (longitude=76.72 degrees). The timezone is EDT or tz=4
lst = ct2lst(76.72, 4, DateTime(2008, 7, 30, 15, 53))
# => 11.356505172312609
sixty(lst)
# => 3element Array{Float64,1}:
# 11.0 # Hours
# 21.0 # Minutes
# 23.4186 # Seconds
Find the Greenwich mean sidereal time (GMST) on 20151124 at 13:21 in
Heidelberg, Germany (longitude=08° 43’ E). The timezone is CET or tz=1.
Provide ct2lst
only with the longitude of the place and the number
of Julian days.
# Convert longitude to decimals.
longitude=ten(8, 43);
# Get number of Julian days. Remember to subtract the time zone in
# order to convert local time to UTC.
jd = jdcnv(DateTime(2015, 11, 24, 13, 21)  Dates.Hour(1));
# Calculate Greenwich Mean Sidereal Time.
lst = ct2lst(longitude, jd)
# => 17.140685171005316
sixty(lst)
# => 3element Array{Float64,1}:
# 17.0 # Hours
# 8.0 # Minutes
# 26.4666 # Seconds
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
daycnv¶

daycnv
(julian_days) → DateTime
Purpose¶
Converts Julian days number to Gregorian calendar dates.
Explanation¶
Takes the number of Julian calendar days since epoch
47131124T12:00:00
and returns the corresponding proleptic
Gregorian Calendar date.
Argument¶
julian_days
: Julian days number, scalar or array.
Output¶
Proleptic Gregorian Calendar date, of type DateTime
, corresponding
to the given Julian days number.
Example¶
daycnv(2440000)
# => 19680523T12:00:00
Notes¶
jdcnv
is the inverse of this function.
deredd¶

deredd
(Eby, by, m1, c1, ub) → by0, m0, c0, ub0
Purpose¶
Deredden stellar Stromgren parameters given for a value of E(by)
Arguments¶
Eby
: color index E(by), scalar (E(by) = 0.73*E(BV))by
: by color (observed)m1
: Stromgren line blanketing parameter (observed)c1
: Stromgren Balmer discontinuity parameter (observed)ub
: ub color (observed)
All arguments can be either scalars or arrays all of the same length.
Output¶
The 4tuple (by0, m0, c0, ub0)
.
by0
: by color (dereddened)m0
: line blanketing index (dereddened)c0
: Balmer discontinuity parameter (dereddened)ub0
: ub color (dereddened)
These are scalars or arrays of the same length as the input arguments.
Example¶
deredd(0.5, 0.2, 1.0, 1.0, 0.1)
# => (0.3,1.165,0.905,0.665)
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
eci2geo¶

eci2geo
(x, y, z, jd) → latitude, longitude, altitude
Purpose¶
Convert Earthcentered inertial coordinates to geographic spherical coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from ECI (EarthCentered Inertial) (x, y, z) rectangular coordinates to geographic spherical coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude). Julian day is also needed as input.
ECI coordinates are in km from Earth center at the supplied time (True of Date). Geographic coordinates assume the Earth is a perfect sphere, with radius equal to its equatorial radius.
Arguments¶
x
: ECI x coordinate atjd
, in kilometers.y
: ECI y coordinate atjd
, in kilometers.z
: ECI z coordinate atjd
, in kilometers.jd
: Julian days.
The three coordinates can be passed as a 3tuple (x, y, z)
. In
addition, x
, y
, z
, and jd
can be given as arrays of the
same length.
Output¶
The 3tuple of geographical coordinate (latitude, longitude, altitude).
 latitude: latitude, in degrees.
 longitude: longitude, in degrees.
 altitude: altitude, in kilometers.
If ECI coordinates are given as arrays, a 3tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Example¶
Obtain the geographic direction of the vernal point on
20150630T14:03:12.857, in geographic coordinates, at altitude 600 km.
Note: equatorial radii of Solar System planets in meters are stored into
AstroLib.planets
dictionary.
x = AstroLib.planets["earth"].eqradius*1e3 + 600;
lat, long, alt = eci2geo(x, 0, 0, jdcnv("20150630T14:03:12.857"))
# => (0.0,230.87301833205856,600.0)
These coordinates can be further transformed into geodetic coordinates
using geo2geodetic
or into geomagnetic coordinates using
geo2mag
.
Notes¶
geo2eci
converts geographic spherical coordinates to Earthcentered
inertial coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
eqpole¶

eqpole
(l, b) → x, y
Purpose¶
Convert right ascension \(l\) and declination \(b\) to coordinate \((x, y)\) using an equalarea polar projection.
Explanation¶
The output \(x\) and \(y\) coordinates are scaled to be in the range \([90, 90]\) and to go from equator to pole to equator. Output map points can be centered on the north pole or south pole.
Arguments¶
l
: longitude, scalar or vector, in degreesb
: latitude, same number of elements as right ascension, in degreessouthpole
(optional boolean keyword): keyword to indicate that the plot is to be centered on the south pole instead of the north pole. Default isfalse
.
Output¶
The 2tuple \((x, y)\):
 \(x\) coordinate, same number of elements as right ascension, normalized to be in the range \([90, 90]\).
 \(y\) coordinate, same number of elements as declination, normalized to be in the range \([90, 90]\).
Example¶
eqpole(100, 35, southpole=true)
# => (111.18287262822456,19.604540237028665)
eqpole(80, 19)
# => (72.78853915267848,12.83458333897169)
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
flux2mag¶

flux2mag
(flux[, zero_point, ABwave=number]) → magnitude
Purpose¶
Convert from flux expressed in erg/(s cm² Å) to magnitudes.
Explanation¶
This is the reverse of mag2flux
.
Arguments¶
flux
: the flux to be converted in magnitude, expressed in erg/(s cm² Å). It can be either a scalar or an array.zero_point
: scalar giving the zero point level of the magnitude. If not supplied then defaults to 21.1 (Code et al 1976). Ignored if theABwave
keyword is suppliedABwave
(optional numeric keyword): wavelength scalar or vector in Angstroms. If supplied, then returns Oke AB magnitudes (Oke & Gunn 1983, ApJ, 266, 713; http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1983ApJ...266..713O).
Output¶
The magnitude. It is of the same type, scalar or array, as flux
.
If the ABwave
keyword is set then magnitude is given by the
expression
Otherwise, magnitude is given by the expression
Example¶
flux2mag(5.2e15)
# => 14.609991640913002
flux2mag(5.2e15, 15)
# => 20.709991640913003
flux2mag(5.2e15, ABwave=15)
# => 27.423535345634598
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
gal_uvw¶

gal_uvw
(ra, dec, pmra, pmdec, vrad, plx[, lsr=true]) → u, v, w¶
Purpose¶
Calculate the Galactic space velocity \((u, v, w)\) of a star.
Explanation¶
Calculates the Galactic space velocity \((u, v, w)\) of a star given its (1) coordinates, (2) proper motion, (3) parallax, and (4) radial velocity.
Arguments¶
User must supply a position, proper motion, radial velocity and parallax. Either scalars or arrays all of the same length can be supplied.
 Position:
ra
: right ascension, in degreesdec
: declination, in degrees
 Proper Motion
pmra
: proper motion in right ascension in arc units (typically milliarcseconds/yr). If given \(\mu_\alpha\) – proper motion in seconds of time/year – then this is equal to \(15 \mu_\alpha \cos(\text{dec})\).pmdec
: proper motion in declination (typically mas/yr).
 Radial Velocity
vrad
: velocity in km/s
 Parallax
plx
: parallax with same distance units as proper motion measurements typically milliarcseconds (mas)
If you know the distance in parsecs, then set plx
to
\(1000/\text{distance}\), if proper motion measurements are given in
milliarcseconds/yr.
There is an additional optional keyword:
lsr
(optional boolean keyword): if this keyword is set totrue
, then the output velocities will be corrected for the solar motion \((u, v, w)_\odot = (8.5, 13.38, 6.49)\) (Coşkunoǧlu et al. 2011 MNRAS, 412, 1237; DOI:10.1111/j.13652966.2010.17983.x) to the local standard of rest (LSR). Note that the value of the solar motion through the LSR remains poorly determined.
Output¶
The 3tuple \((u, v, w)\)
 \(u\): velocity (km/s) positive toward the Galactic anticenter
 \(v\): velocity (km/s) positive in the direction of Galactic rotation
 \(w\): velocity (km/s) positive toward the North Galactic Pole
Method¶
Follows the general outline of Johnson & Soderblom (1987, AJ, 93, 864; DOI:10.1086/114370) except that \(u\) is positive outward toward the Galactic anticenter, and the J2000 transformation matrix to Galactic coordinates is taken from the introduction to the Hipparcos catalog.
Example¶
Compute the U,V,W coordinates for the halo star HD 6755. Use values from Hipparcos catalog, and correct to the LSR.
ra=ten(1,9,42.3)*15.; dec = ten(61,32,49.5);
pmra = 627.89; pmdec = 77.84; # mas/yr
vrad = 321.4; dis = 129; # distance in parsecs
u, v, w = gal_uvw(ra, dec, pmra, pmdec, vrad, 1e3/dis, lsr=true)
# => (118.2110474553902,466.4828898385057,88.16573278565097)
Notes¶
This function does not take distance as input. See “Arguments” section above for how to provide it using parallax argument.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
geo2eci¶

geo2eci
(latitude, longitude, altitude, jd) → x, y, z
Purpose¶
Convert geographic spherical coordinates to Earthcentered inertial coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from geographic spherical coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude) to ECI (EarthCentered Inertial) (x, y, z) rectangular coordinates. Julian days is also needed.
Geographic coordinates assume the Earth is a perfect sphere, with radius equal to its equatorial radius. ECI coordinates are in km from Earth center at epoch TOD (True of Date).
Arguments¶
latitude
: geographic latitude, in degrees.longitude
: geographic longitude, in degrees.altitude
: geographic altitude, in kilometers.jd
: Julian days.
The three coordinates can be passed as a 3tuple
(latitude, longitude, altitude)
. In addition, latitude
,
longitude
, altitude
, and jd
can be given as arrays of the
same length.
Output¶
The 3tuple of ECI (x, y, z) coordinates, in kilometers. The TOD epoch
is the supplied jd
time.
If geographical coordinates are given as arrays, a 3tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Example¶
Obtain the ECI coordinates of the intersection of the equator and Greenwich’s meridian on 20150630T14:03:12.857
geo2eci(0, 0, 0, jdcnv("20150630T14:03:12.857"))
# => (4024.8671780315185,4947.835465127513,0.0)
Notes¶
eci2geo
converts Earthcentered inertial coordinates to geographic
spherical coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
geo2geodetic¶

geo2geodetic
(latitude, longitude, altitude) → latitude, longitude, altitude 
geo2geodetic
(latitude, longitude, altitude, planet) → latitude, longitude, altitude 
geo2geodetic
(latitude, longitude, altitude, equatorial_radius, polar_radius) → latitude, longitude, altitude
Purpose¶
Convert from geographic (or planetographic) to geodetic coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from geographic (latitude, longitude, altitude) to geodetic (latitude, longitude, altitude). In geographic coordinates, the Earth is assumed a perfect sphere with a radius equal to its equatorial radius. The geodetic (or ellipsoidal) coordinate system takes into account the Earth’s oblateness.
Geographic and geodetic longitudes are identical. Geodetic latitude is the angle between local zenith and the equatorial plane. Geographic and geodetic altitudes are both the closest distance between the satellite and the ground.
Arguments¶
The function has two base methods. The arguments common to all methods
and always mandatory are latitude
, longitude
, and altitude
:
latitude
: geographic latitude, in degrees.longitude
: geographic longitude, in degrees.altitude
: geographic altitude, in kilometers.
In order to convert to geodetic coordinates, you can either provide custom equatorial and polar radii of the planet or use the values of one of the planets of Solar System (Pluto included).
If you want to use the method with explicit equatorial and polar radii the additional mandatory arguments are:
equatorial_radius
: value of the equatorial radius of the body, in kilometers.polar_radius
: value of the polar radius of the body, in kilometers.
Instead, if you want to use the method with the selection of a planet, the only additional argument is the planet name:
planet
(optional string argument): string with the name of the Solar System planet, from “Mercury” to “Pluto”. If omitted (so, when onlylatitude
,longitude
, andaltitude
are provided), the default is “Earth”.
In all cases, the three coordinates can be passed as a 3tuple
(latitude, longitude, altitude)
. In addition, geographical
latitude
, longitude
, and altitude
can be given as arrays of
the same length.
Output¶
The 3tuple (latitude, longitude, altitude)
in geodetic coordinates,
for the body with specified equatorial and polar radii (Earth by
default).
If geographical coordinates are given as arrays, a 3tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Method¶
Stephen P. Keeler and Yves Nievergelt, “Computing geodetic coordinates”, SIAM Rev. Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 300309, June 1998 (DOI:10.1137/S0036144597323921).
Planetary constants are from Planetary Fact Sheet (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/index.html).
Example¶
Locate the Earth geographic North pole (latitude: 90°, longitude: 0°, altitude 0 km), in geodetic coordinates:
geo2geodetic(90, 0, 0)
# => (90.0,0.0,21.38499999999931)
The same for Jupiter:
geo2geodetic(90, 0, 0, "Jupiter")
# => (90.0,0.0,4355.443799999994)
Find geodetic coordinates for point of geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude) = (43.16°, 24.32°, 3.87 km) on a planet with equatorial radius 8724.32 km and polar radius 8619.19 km:
geo2geodetic(43.16, 24.32, 3.87, 8724.32, 8619.19)
# => (43.849399515234516,24.32,53.53354478670836)
Notes¶
Whereas the conversion from geodetic to geographic coordinates is given by an exact, analytical formula, the conversion from geographic to geodetic isn’t. Approximative iterations (as used here) exist, but tend to become less good with increasing eccentricity and altitude. The formula used in this routine should give correct results within six digits for all spatial locations, for an ellipsoid (planet) with an eccentricity similar to or less than Earth’s. More accurate results can be obtained via calculus, needing a nondetermined amount of iterations.
In any case, the function geodetic2geo
, which converts from geodetic
(or planetodetic) to geographic coordinates, can be used to estimate the
accuracy of geo2geodetic
.
collect(geodetic2geo(geo2geodetic(67.2, 13.4, 1.2)))  [67.2, 13.4, 1.2]
# => 3element Array{Float64,1}:
# 3.56724e9
# 0.0
# 9.47512e10
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
geo2mag¶

geo2mag
(latitude, longitude[, year]) → geomagnetic_latitude, geomagnetic_longitude
Purpose¶
Convert from geographic to geomagnetic coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from geographic (latitude, longitude) to geomagnetic (latitude, longitude). Altitude is not involved in this function.
Arguments¶
latitude
: geographic latitude (North), in degrees.longitude
: geographic longitude (East), in degrees.year
(optional numerical argument): the year in which to perform conversion. If omitted, defaults to current year.
The coordinates can be passed as arrays of the same length.
Output¶
The 2tuple of magnetic (latitude, longitude) coordinates, in degrees.
If geographical coordinates are given as arrays, a 2tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Example¶
Kyoto has geographic coordinates 35° 00’ 42’’ N, 135° 46’ 06’’ E, find its geomagnetic coordinates in 2016:
geo2mag(ten(35,0,42), ten(135,46,6), 2016)
# => (36.86579228937769,60.184060536651614)
Notes¶
This function uses list of North Magnetic Pole positions provided by World Magnetic Model (https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/data/poles/NP.xy).
mag2geo
converts geomagnetical coordinates to geographic
coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
geodetic2geo¶

geodetic2geo
(latitude, longitude, altitude) → latitude, longitude, altitude 
geodetic2geo
(latitude, longitude, altitude, planet) → latitude, longitude, altitude 
geodetic2geo
(latitude, longitude, altitude, equatorial_radius, polar_radius) → latitude, longitude, altitude
Purpose¶
Convert from geodetic (or planetodetic) to geographic coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from geodetic (latitude, longitude, altitude) to geographic (latitude, longitude, altitude). In geographic coordinates, the Earth is assumed a perfect sphere with a radius equal to its equatorial radius. The geodetic (or ellipsoidal) coordinate system takes into account the Earth’s oblateness.
Geographic and geodetic longitudes are identical. Geodetic latitude is the angle between local zenith and the equatorial plane. Geographic and geodetic altitudes are both the closest distance between the satellite and the ground.
Arguments¶
The function has two base methods. The arguments common to all methods
and always mandatory are latitude
, longitude
, and altitude
:
latitude
: geodetic latitude, in degrees.longitude
: geodetic longitude, in degrees.altitude
: geodetic altitude, in kilometers.
In order to convert to geographic coordinates, you can either provide custom equatorial and polar radii of the planet or use the values of one of the planets of Solar System (Pluto included).
If you want to use the method with explicit equatorial and polar radii the additional mandatory arguments are:
equatorial_radius
: value of the equatorial radius of the body, in kilometers.polar_radius
: value of the polar radius of the body, in kilometers.
Instead, if you want to use the method with the selection of a planet, the only additional argument is the planet name:
planet
(optional string argument): string with the name of the Solar System planet, from “Mercury” to “Pluto”. If omitted (so, when onlylatitude
,longitude
, andaltitude
are provided), the default is “Earth”.
In all cases, the three coordinates can be passed as a 3tuple
(latitude, longitude, altitude)
. In addition, geodetic latitude
,
longitude
, and altitude
can be given as arrays of the same
length.
Output¶
The 3tuple (latitude, longitude, altitude)
in geographic
coordinates, for the body with specified equatorial and polar radii
(Earth by default).
If geodetic coordinates are given as arrays, a 3tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Method¶
Stephen P. Keeler and Yves Nievergelt, “Computing geodetic coordinates”, SIAM Rev. Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 300309, June 1998 (DOI:10.1137/S0036144597323921).
Planetary constants from “Allen’s Astrophysical Quantities”, Fourth Ed., (2000).
Example¶
Find geographic coordinates of geodetic North pole (latitude: 90°, longitude: 0°, altitude 0 km) of the Earth:
geodetic2geo(90, 0, 0)
# => (90.0,0.0,21.38499999999931)
The same for Jupiter:
geodetic2geo(90, 0, 0, "Jupiter")
# => (90.0,0.0,4355.443799999994)
Find geographic coordinates for point of geodetic coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude) = (43.16°, 24.32°, 3.87 km) on a planet with equatorial radius 8724.32 km and polar radius 8619.19 km:
geodetic2geo(43.16, 24.32, 3.87, 8724.32, 8619.19)
# => (42.46772711708433,24.32,44.52902080669082)
Notes¶
geo2geodetic
converts from geographic (or planetographic) to
geodetic coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
get_date¶

get_date
([date, old=true, timetag=true]) → string¶
Purpose¶
Returns the UTC date in "CCYYMMDD"
format for FITS headers.
Explanation¶
This is the format required by the DATE
and DATEOBS
keywords in
a FITS header.
Argument¶
date
(optional): the date in UTC standard. If omitted, defaults to the current UTC time. It can be either a single date or an array of dates. Each element can be either aDateTime
type or anything that can be converted to that type. In the case of vectorial input, each element is considered as a date, so you cannot provide a date by parts.old
(optional boolean keyword): see below.timetag
(optional boolean keyword): see below.
Output¶
A string with the date formatted according to the given optional keywords.
 When no optional keywords (
timetag
andold
) are supplied, the format of the output string is"CCYYMMDD"
(yearmonthday part of the date), whereCCYY
represents a 4digit calendar year,MM
the 2digit ordinal number of a calendar month within the calendar year, andDD
the 2digit ordinal number of a day within the calendar month.  If the boolean keyword
old
is true (default: false), the yearmonthday part of date has"DD/MM/YY"
format. This is the formerly (pre1997) recommended for FITS. Note that this format is now deprecated because it uses only a 2digit representation of the year.  If the boolean keyword
timetag
is true (default: false),"Thh:mm:ss"
is appended to the yearmonthday part of the date, where represents the hour in the day, the minutes, the seconds, and the literal ‘T’ the ISO 8601 time designator.
Note that old
and timetag
keywords can be used together, so that
the output string will have "DD/MM/YYThh:mm:ss"
format.
Example¶
get_date(timetag=true)
# => "20160314T11:26:23"
Notes¶
 A discussion of the DATExxx syntax in FITS headers can be found in http://www.cv.nrao.edu/fits/documents/standards/year2000.txt
 Those who wish to use need further flexibility in their date formats (e.g. to use TAI time) should look at Bill Thompson’s time routines in http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/solarsoft/gen/idl/time
get_juldate¶

get_juldate
() → julian_days¶
Purpose¶
Return the number of Julian days for current time.
Explanation¶
Return for current time the number of Julian calendar days since epoch
47131124T12:00:00
as a floating point.
Example¶
get_juldate()
daycnv(get_juldate())
Notes¶
Use jdcnv
to get the number of Julian days for a different date.
gcirc¶

gcirc
(units, ra1, dec1, ra2, dec2) → angular_distance
Purpose¶
Computes rigorous great circle arc distances.
Explanation¶
Input position can be either radians, sexagesimal right ascension and declination, or degrees.
Arguments¶
units
: integer, can be either 0, or 1, or 2. Describes units of inputs and output: 0: everything (input right ascensions and declinations, and output distance) is radians
 1: right ascensions are in decimal hours, declinations in decimal degrees, output distance in arc seconds
 2: right ascensions and declinations are in degrees, output distance in arc seconds
ra1
: right ascension or longitude of point 1dec1
: declination or latitude of point 1ra2
: right ascension or longitude of point 2dec2
: declination or latitude of point 2
Both ra1
and dec1
, and ra2
and dec2
can be given as
2tuples (ra1, dec1)
and (ra2, dec2)
.
Output¶
Angular distance on the sky between points 1 and 2, as a
AbstractFloat
. See units
argument above for the units.
Method¶
“Haversine formula” see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatcircle_distance.
Example¶
gcirc(0, 120, 43, 175, +22)
# => 1.590442261600714
Notes¶
 If
ra1
,dec1
are scalars, andra2
,dec2
are vectors, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra2
,dec2
tora1
,dec1
. Similarly, ifra1
,de1
are vectors, andra2
,dec2
are scalars, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra1
,dec1
tora2
,dec2
. If bothra1
,dec1
andra2
,dec2
are vectors then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra1
,dec1
to the corresponding element ofra2
,dec2
.  The function
sphdist
provides an alternate method of computing a spherical distance.  The Haversine formula can give rounding errors for antipodal points.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
hadec2altaz¶

hadec2altaz
(ha, dec, lat[, ws=true]) → alt, az
Purpose¶
Convert Hour Angle and Declination to Horizon (AltAz) coordinates.
Explanation¶
Can deal with the NCP singularity. Intended mainly to be used by program
eq2hor
.
Arguments¶
Input coordinates may be either a scalar or an array, of the same dimension.
ha
: the local apparent hour angle, in degrees. The hour angle is the time that right ascension of 0 hours crosses the local meridian. It is unambiguously defined.dec
: the local apparent declination, in degrees.lat
: the local geodetic latitude, in degrees, scalar or array.ws
(optional boolean keyword): if true, the output azimuth is measured West from South. The default is to measure azimuth East from North.
ha
and dec
can be given as a 2tuple (ha, dec)
.
Output¶
2tuple (alt, az)
alt
: local apparent altitude, in degrees.az
: the local apparent azimuth, in degrees.
The output coordinates are always floating points and have the same type (scalar or array) as the input coordinates.
Example¶
Arcturus is observed at an apparent hour angle of 336.6829 and a declination of 19.1825 while at the latitude of +43° 4’ 42’‘. What are the local altitude and azimuth of this object?
alt, az = hadec2altaz(336.6829, 19.1825, ten(43, 4, 42))
# => (59.08617155005683,133.3080693440254)
Notes¶
altaz2hadec
converts Horizon (AltAz) coordinates to Hour Angle and
Declination.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
helio_jd¶

helio_jd
(date, ra, dec[, B1950=true, diff=false]) → jd_helio¶ 
helio_jd
(date, ra, dec[, B1950=true, diff=true]) → time_diff
Purpose¶
Convert geocentric (reduced) Julian date to heliocentric Julian date.
Explanation¶
This procedure corrects for the extra light travel time between the Earth and the Sun.
An online calculator for this quantity is available at http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/astro/javascript/hjd.html
Users requiring more precise calculations and documentation should look at the IDL code available at http://astroutils.astronomy.ohiostate.edu/time/
Arguments¶
date
: reduced Julian date (= JD  2400000), it can be either a scalar or vector. You can usejuldate()
to calculate the reduced Julian date.ra
anddec
: scalars giving right ascension and declination in degrees. Default equinox is J2000.B1950
(optional boolean keyword): if set totrue
, then input coordinates are assumed to be in equinox B1950 coordinates. Default isfalse
.diff
(optional boolean keyword): if set totrue
, the function returns the time difference (heliocentric JD  geocentric JD) in seconds. Default isfalse
.
Output¶
The return value depends on the value of diff
optional keywords:
 if
diff
isfalse
(default), then the heliocentric reduced Julian date is returned.  if
diff
istrue
, then the time difference in seconds between the geocentric and heliocentric Julian date is returned.
Example¶
What is the heliocentric Julian date of an observation of V402 Cygni (J2000: RA = 20 9 7.8, Dec = 37 09 07) taken on June 15, 2016 at 11:40 UT?
jd = juldate(2016, 6, 15, 11, 40);
helio_jd(jd, ten(20, 9, 7.8)*15, ten(37, 9, 7))
# => 57554.98808289718
Notes¶
Wayne Warren (Raytheon ITSS) has compared the results of this algorithm with the FORTRAN subroutines in the STARLINK SLALIB library (see http://starwww.rl.ac.uk/).
Time Diff (sec)
Date RA(2000) Dec(2000) STARLINK IDL
19991029T00:00:00.0 21 08 25. 67 22 00. 59.0 59.0
19991029T00:00:00.0 02 56 33.4 +00 26 55. 474.1 474.1
19401211T06:55:00.0 07 34 41.9 00 30 42. 366.3 370.2
19920229T03:15:56.2 12 56 27.4 +42 10 17. 350.8 350.9
20000301T10:26:31.8 14 28 36.7 20 42 11. 243.7 243.7
21000226T09:18:24.2 08 26 51.7 +85 47 28. 104.0 108.8
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
helio_rv¶

helio_rv
(jd, T, P, V_0, K[, e, ω]) → rv¶
Purpose¶
Return the heliocentric radial velocity of a spectroscopic binary.
Explanation¶
This function will return the heliocentric radial velocity of a spectroscopic binary star at a given heliocentric date given its orbit.
Arguments¶
jd
: time of observation, as number of Julian days. It can be either a scalar or an array.T
: time of periastron passage (max. +ve velocity for circular orbits), same time system asjd
P
: the orbital period in same units asjd
V_0
: systemic velocityK
: velocity semiamplitude in the same units asV_0
e
: eccentricity of the orbit. It defaults to 0 if omittedω
: longitude of periastron in degrees. It defaults to 0 if omitted
Output¶
The predicted heliocentric radial velocity in the same units as Gamma
for the date(s) specified by jd
. It is a scalar or an array
depending on the type ofjd
. ##### Example ####
 What was the heliocentric radial velocity of the primary component of HU Tau at 1730 UT 25 Oct 1994?
jd = juldate(94, 10, 25, 17, 30); # Obtain Geocentric Julian days
hjd = helio_jd(jd, ten(04, 38, 16)*15, ten(20, 41, 05)); # Convert to HJD
helio_rv(hjd, 46487.5303, 2.0563056, 6, 59.3)
# => 62.965570109145034
NB: the functions juldate
and helio_jd
return a reduced HJD (HJD
 2400000) and so T and P must be specified in the same fashion.
 Plot two cycles of an eccentric orbit, \(e=0.6\), \(\omega=45\degree\) for both components of a binary star. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
φ = linspace(0, 2, 1000); # Generate 1000 phase points
plot(φ ,helio_rv(φ, 0, 1, 0, 100, 0.6, 45)) # Plot 1st component
plot(φ ,helio_rv(φ, 0, 1, 0, 100, 0.6, 45+180)) # Plot 2nd component
Notes¶
The user should ensure consistency with all time systems being used
(i.e. jd
and t
should be in the same units and time system).
Generally, users should reduce large time values by subtracting a large
constant offset, which may improve numerical accuracy.
If using the the function juldate
and helio_jd
, the reduced HJD
time system must be used throughtout.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
jdcnv¶

jdcnv
(date) → julian_days
Purpose¶
Convert proleptic Gregorian Calendar date in UTC standard to number of Julian days.
Explanation¶
Takes the given proleptic Gregorian date in UTC standard and returns the
number of Julian calendar days since epoch 47131124T12:00:00
.
Argument¶
date
: date in proleptic Gregorian Calendar. Can be either a single date or an array of dates. Each element can be either aDateTime
type or anything that can be converted directly toDateTime
. In the case of vectorial input, each element is considered as a date, so you cannot provide a date by parts.
Output¶
Number of Julian days, as a floating point.
Example¶
Find the Julian days number at 2016 August 23, 03:39:06.
jdcnv(DateTime(2016, 08, 23, 03, 39, 06))
# => 2.4576236521527776e6
jdcnv(2016, 08, 23, 03, 39, 06)
# => 2.4576236521527776e6
jdcnv("20160823T03:39:06")
# => 2.4576236521527776e6
Notes¶
This is the inverse of daycnv
.
get_juldate
returns the number of Julian days for current time. It
is equivalent to jdcnv(now(Dates.UTC))
.
For the conversion of Julian date to number of Julian days, use
juldate
.
jprecess¶

jprecess
(ra, dec[, epoch]) → ra2000, dec2000 
jprecess
(ra, dec, muradec[, parallax=parallax, radvel=radvel]) → ra2000, dec2000
Purpose¶
Precess positions from B1950.0 (FK4) to J2000.0 (FK5).
Explanation¶
Calculate the mean place of a star at J2000.0 on the FK5 system from the mean place at B1950.0 on the FK4 system.
jprecess
function has two methods, one for each of the following
cases:
 the proper motion is known and nonzero
 the proper motion is unknown or known to be exactly zero (i.e. extragalactic radio sources). Better precision can be achieved in this case by inputting the epoch of the original observations.
Arguments¶
The function has 2 methods. The common mandatory arguments are:
ra
: input B1950 right ascension, in degrees.dec
: input B1950 declination, in degrees.
The two methods have a different third argument (see “Explanation” section for more details). It can be one of the following:
muradec
: 2element vector containing the proper motion in seconds of arc per tropical century in right ascension and declination.epoch
: scalar giving epoch of original observations.
If none of these two arguments is provided (so jprecess
is fed only
with right ascension and declination), it is assumed that proper motion
is exactly zero and epoch = 1950
.
If it is used the method involving muradec
argument, the following
keywords are available:
parallax
(optional numerical keyword): stellar parallax, in seconds of arc.radvel
(optional numerical keyword): radial velocity in km/s.
Right ascension and declination can be passed as the 2tuple
(ra, dec)
. You can also pass ra
, dec
, parallax
, and
radvel
as arrays, all of the same length N. In that case,
muradec
should be a matrix 2×N.
Output¶
The 2tuple of right ascension and declination in 2000, in degrees, of
input coordinates is returned. If ra
and dec
(and other possible
optional arguments) are arrays, the 2tuple of arrays
(ra2000, dec2000)
of the same length as the input coordinates is
returned.
Method¶
The algorithm is taken from the Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac 1992, page 184. See also Aoki et al (1983), A&A, 128, 263. URL: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1983A%26A...128..263A.
Example¶
The SAO catalogue gives the B1950 position and proper motion for the star HD 119288. Find the J2000 position.
 RA(1950) = 13h 39m 44.526s
 Dec(1950) = 8d 38’ 28.63’‘
 Mu(RA) = .0259 s/yr
 Mu(Dec) = .093 ‘’/yr
muradec = 100*[15*0.0259, 0.093]; # convert to century proper motion
ra = ten(13, 39, 44.526)*15;
decl = ten(8, 38, 28.63);
adstring(jprecess(ra, decl, muradec), precision=2)
# => " 13 42 12.740 +08 23 17.69"
Notes¶
“When transferring individual observations, as opposed to catalog mean place, the safest method is to tranform the observations back to the epoch of the observation, on the FK4 system (or in the system that was used to to produce the observed mean place), convert to the FK5 system, and transform to the the epoch and equinox of J2000.0” – from the Explanatory Supplement (1992), p. 180
bprecess
performs the precession to B1950 coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
juldate¶

juldate
(date::DateTime) → reduced_julia_days
Purpose¶
Convert from calendar to Reduced Julian Days.
Explanation¶
Julian Day Number is a count of days elapsed since Greenwich mean noon on 1 January 4713 B.C. Julian Days are the number of Julian days followed by the fraction of the day elapsed since the preceding noon.
This function takes the given date
and returns the number of Julian
calendar days since epoch 18581116T12:00:00
(Reduced Julian Days =
Julian Days  2400000).
Argument¶
date
: date in Julian Calendar, UTC standard. It can be either e single date or an array of dates. Each element can be given inDateTime
type or anything that can be converted to that type. In the case of vectorial input, each element is considered as a date, so you cannot provide a date by parts.
Output¶
The number of Reduced Julian Days is returned. If date
is an array,
an array of the same length as date
is returned.
Example¶
Get number of Reduced Julian Days at 20160320T15:24:00.
juldate(DateTime(2016, 03, 20, 15, 24))
# => 57468.14166666667
juldate(2016, 03, 20, 15, 24)
# => 57468.14166666667
juldate("20160320T15:24")
# => 57468.14166666667
Notes¶
Julian Calendar is assumed, thus before 15821015T00:00:00
this
function is not the inverse of daycnv
. For the conversion
proleptic Gregorian date to number of Julian days, use jdcnv
, which
is the inverse of daycnv
.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
kepler_solver¶

kepler_solver
(M, e) → E¶
Purpose¶
Solve Kepler’s equation in the elliptic motion regime (\(0 \leq e \leq 1\)) and return eccentric anomaly \(E\).
Explanation¶
In order to find the position of a body in elliptic motion (e.g., in the twobody problem) at a given time \(t\), one has to solve the Kepler’s equation
where \(M(t) = (t  t_{0})/P\) is the mean anomaly, \(E(t)\) the eccentric anomaly, \(e\) the eccentricity of the orbit, \(t_0\) is the time of periapsis passage, and \(P\) is the period of the orbit. Usually the eccentricity is given and one wants to find the eccentric anomaly \(E(t)\) at a specific time \(t\), so that also the mean anomaly \(M(t)\) is known.
Arguments¶
M
: mean anomaly. This can be either a scalar or an arraye
: eccentricity, in the elliptic motion regime (\(0 \leq e \leq 1\))
Output¶
The eccentric anomaly \(E\), restricted to the range
\([\pi, \pi]\). If an array of mean anomalies is provided in input,
an array of the same length as M
is returned.
Method¶
Many different numerical methods exist to solve Kepler’s equation. This function implements the algorithm proposed in Markley (1995) Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 63, 101 (DOI:10.1007/BF00691917). This method is not iterative, requires only four transcendental function evaluations, and has been proved to be fast and efficient over the entire range of elliptic motion \(0 \leq e \leq 1\).
Example¶
 Find the eccentric anomaly for an orbit with eccentricity \(e = 0.7\) and for \(M(t) = 8\pi/3\).
ecc = 0.7;
E = kepler_solver(8pi/3, ecc)
# => 2.5085279492864223
 Plot the eccentric anomaly as a function of mean anomaly for
eccentricity \(e = 0\), \(0.5\), \(0.9\). Recall that
kepler_solver
gives \(E \in [\pi, \pi]\), usecirrange
to have it in \([0, 2\pi]\). Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
M=linspace(0, 2pi, 1001)[1:end1];
for ecc in (0, 0.5, 0.9); plot(M, cirrange(kepler_solver(M, ecc), 2pi)); end
Notes¶
The true anomaly can be calculated with trueanom
function.
lsf_rotate¶

lsf_rotate
(delta_v, v_sin_i[, epsilon = 0.3]) → velocity_grid, lsf¶
Purpose¶
Create a 1d convolution kernel to broaden a spectrum from a rotating star.
Explanation¶
Can be used to derive the broadening effect (LSF, line spread function) due to rotation on a synthetic stellar spectrum. Assumes constant limb darkening across the disk.
Arguments¶
delta_v
: numeric scalar giving the step increment (in km/s) in the output rotation kernelv_sin_i
: the rotational velocity projected along the line of sight (km/s)epsilon
(optional numeric argument): numeric scalar giving the limbdarkening coefficient, default = 0.6 which is typical for photospheric lines. The specific intensity \(I\) at any angle \(\theta\) from the specific intensity \(I_{\text{cen}}\) at the center of the disk is given by:
Output¶
The 2tuple (velocity_grid
, lsf
):
velocity_grid
: vector of velocity grid with the same number of elements aslsf
(see below)lsf
: the convolution kernel vector for the specified rotational velocity. The number of points inlsf
will be always be odd (the kernel is symmetric) and equal to eitherceil(2*v_sin_i/delta_v)
orceil(2*v_sin_i/delta_v) + 1
, whichever number is odd. Elements oflsf
will always be of typeAbstractFloat
. To actually compute the broadening, the spectrum should be convolved with the rotationallsf
Example¶
Plot the line spread function for a star rotating at 90 km/s in velocity space every 3 km/s. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
plot(lsf_rotate(3, 90)...)
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
mag2flux¶

mag2flux
(mag[, zero_point, ABwave=number]) → flux
Purpose¶
Convert from magnitudes to flux expressed in erg/(s cm² Å).
Explanation¶
This is the reverse of flux2mag
.
Arguments¶
mag
: the magnitude to be converted in flux. It can be either a scalar or an array.zero_point
: scalar giving the zero point level of the magnitude. If not supplied then defaults to 21.1 (Code et al 1976). Ignored if theABwave
keyword is suppliedABwave
(optional numeric keyword): wavelength, scalar or array, in Angstroms. If supplied, then the inputmag
is assumed to contain Oke AB magnitudes (Oke & Gunn 1983, ApJ, 266, 713; http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1983ApJ...266..713O).
Output¶
The flux. It is of the same type, scalar or array, as mag
.
If the ABwave
keyword is set, then the flux is given by the
expression
Otherwise the flux is given by
Example¶
mag2flux(8.3)
# => 1.7378008287493692e12
mag2flux(8.3, 12)
# => 7.58577575029182e9
mag2flux(8.3, ABwave=12)
# => 3.6244115683017193e7
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
mag2geo¶

mag2geo
(latitude, longitude[, year]) → geographic_latitude, geographic_longitude
Purpose¶
Convert from geomagnetic to geographic coordinates.
Explanation¶
Converts from geomagnetic (latitude, longitude) to geographic (latitude, longitude). Altitude is not involved in this function.
Arguments¶
latitude
: geomagnetic latitude (North), in degrees.longitude
: geomagnetic longitude (East), in degrees.year
(optional numerical argument): the year in which to perform conversion. If omitted, defaults to current year.
The coordinates can be passed as arrays of the same length.
Output¶
The 2tuple of geographic (latitude, longitude) coordinates, in degrees.
If geomagnetic coordinates are given as arrays, a 2tuple of arrays of the same length is returned.
Example¶
Find position of North Magnetic Pole in 2016
mag2geo(90, 0, 2016)
# => (86.395,166.29000000000002)
Notes¶
This function uses list of North Magnetic Pole positions provided by World Magnetic Model (https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/data/poles/NP.xy).
geo2mag
converts geographic coordinates to geomagnetic coordinates.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
month_cnv¶

month_cnv
(number[, shor=true, up=true, low=true]) → month_name¶ 
month_cnv
(name) → number
Purpose¶
Convert between a month English name and the equivalent number.
Explanation¶
For example, converts from “January” to 1 or viceversa.
Arguments¶
The functions has two methods, one with numeric input (and three possible boolean keywords) and the other one with string input.
Numeric input arguments:
number
: the number of the month to be converted to month name.short
(optional boolean keyword): if true, the abbreviated (3character) name of the month will be returned, e.g. “Apr” or “Oct”. Default is false.up
(optional boolean keyword): if true, the name of the month will be all in upper case, e.g. “APRIL” or “OCTOBER”. Default is false.low
(optional boolean keyword): if true, the name of the month will be all in lower case, e.g. “april” or “october”. Default is false.
String input argument:
name
: month name to be converted to month number.
All mandatory arguments can be provided either as a single element or as an array.
Output¶
The month name or month number, depending on the input. For numeric input, the format of the month name is influenced by the optional keywords.
Example¶
month_cnv(["janua", "SEP", "aUgUsT"])
# => 3element Array{Integer,1}:
# 1
# 9
# 8
month_cnv([2, 12, 6], short=true, low=true)
# => 3element Array{UTF8String,1}:
# "feb"
# "dec"
# "jun"
moonpos¶

moonpos
(jd[, radians=true]) → ra, dec, dis, geolong, geolat
Purpose¶
Compute the right ascension and declination of the Moon at specified Julian date.
Arguments¶
jd
: the Julian ephemeris date. It can be either a scalar or an arrayradians
(optional boolean keyword): if set totrue
, then all output angular quantities are given in radians rather than degrees. The default isfalse
Output¶
The 5tuple (ra, dec, dis, geolong, geolat)
:
ra
: apparent right ascension of the Moon in degrees, referred to the true equator of the specified date(s)dec
: the declination of the Moon in degreesdis
: the distance between the centre of the Earth and the centre of the Moon in kilometersgeolong
: apparent longitude of the moon in degrees, referred to the ecliptic of the specified date(s)geolat
: apparent longitude of the moon in degrees, referred to the ecliptic of the specified date(s)
If jd
is an array, then all output quantities are arrays of the same
length as jd
.
Method¶
Derived from the Chapront ELP2000/82 Lunar Theory (ChaprontTouze’ and Chapront, 1983, 124, 50), as described by Jean Meeus in Chapter 47 of ``Astronomical Algorithms’’ (WillmannBell, Richmond), 2nd edition, 1998. Meeus quotes an approximate accuracy of 10” in longitude and 4” in latitude, but he does not give the time range for this accuracy.
Comparison of the IDL procedure with the example in ``Astronomical Algorithms’’ reveals a very small discrepancy (~1 km) in the distance computation, but no difference in the position calculation.
Example¶
 Find the position of the moon on April 12, 1992
jd = jdcnv(1992, 4, 12);
adstring(moonpos(jd)[1:2],precision=1)
# => " 08 58 45.23 +13 46 06.1"
This is within 1” from the position given in the Astronomical Almanac.
 Plot the Earthmoon distance during 2016 with sampling of 6 hours. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting
using PyPlot
points = DateTime(2016):Dates.Hour(6):DateTime(2017);
plot(points, moonpos(jdcnv(points))[3])
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
mphase¶

mphase
(jd) → k
Purpose¶
Return the illuminated fraction of the Moon at given Julian date(s).
Arguments¶
jd
: the Julian ephemeris date. It can be either a scalar or an array.
Output¶
The illuminated fraction \(k\) of Moon’s disk, with
\(0 \leq k \leq 1\). \(k = 0\) indicates a new moon, while
\(k = 1\) stands for a full moon. If jd
is given as an array, an
array of the same number of elements as jd
is returned.
Method¶
Algorithm from Chapter 46 of “Astronomical Algorithms” by Jean Meeus
(WillmannBell, Richmond) 1991. sunpos
and moonpos
are used to
get positions of the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon distance. The
selenocentric elongation of the Earth from the Sun (phase angle) is then
computed, and used to determine the illuminated fraction.
Example¶
Plot the illuminated fraction of the Moon for every day in January 2018 with a hourly sampling. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting
using PyPlot
points = DateTime(2018,01,01):Dates.Hour(1):DateTime(2018,01,31,23,59,59);
plot(points, mphase(jdcnv(points)))
Note that in this calendar month there are two full moons, this event is called blue moon.
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
nutate¶

nutate
(jd) → long, obliq
Purpose¶
Return the nutation in longitude and obliquity for a given Julian date.
Arguments¶
jd
: Julian ephemeris date, it can be either a scalar or a vector
Output¶
The 2tuple (long, obliq)
, where
long
: the nutation in longitudeobl
: the nutation in latitude
If jd
is an array, long
and obl
are arrays of the same
length.
Method¶
Uses the formula in Chapter 22 of ``Astronomical Algorithms’’ by Jean Meeus (1998, 2nd ed.) which is based on the 1980 IAU Theory of Nutation and includes all terms larger than 0.0003”.
Example¶
 Find the nutation in longitude and obliquity 1987 on Apr 10 at Oh. This is example 22.a from Meeus
jd = jdcnv(1987, 4, 10);
nutate(jd)
# => (3.787931077110755,9.442520698644401)
 Plot the daily nutation in longitude and obliquity during the 21st century. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
years = DateTime(2000):DateTime(2100);
long, obl = nutate(jdcnv(years));
plot(years, long); plot(years, obl)
You can see both the dominant large scale period of nutation, of 18.6 years, and smaller oscillations with shorter periods.
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
paczynski¶

paczynski
(u) → amplification
Purpose¶
Calculate gravitational microlensing amplification of a pointlike source by a single pointlike lens.
Explanation¶
Return the gravitational microlensing amplification of a pointlike source by a single pointlike lens, using Paczyński formula
where \(u\) is the projected distance between the lens and the source in units of Einstein radii.
In order to speed up calculations for extreme values of \(u\), the following asyntotic expressions for \(A(u)\) are used:
Arguments¶
u
: projected distance between the lens and the source, in units of Einstein radii
The distance can be either a scalar or an array.
Output¶
The microlensing amplification for the given distance. If u
is
passed as an array, an array of the same length is returned.
Example¶
Calculate the microlensing amplification for \(u = 10^{10}\), \(10^{1}\), \(1\), \(10\), \(10^{10}\):
paczynski([1e10, 1e1, 1, 10, 1e10])
# => 5element Array{Float64,1}:
# 1.0e10
# 10.0375
# 1.34164
# 1.00019
# 1.0
Notes¶
The expression of \(A(u)\) of microlensing amplification has been given by Bohdan Paczyński in
 Paczynski, B. 1986, ApJ, 304, 1. DOI:10.1086/164140, Bibcode:1986ApJ...304....1P
The same expression was actually found by Albert Einstein half a century earlier:
 Einstein, A. 1936, Science, 84, 506. DOI:10.1126/science.84.2188.506, Bibcode:1936Sci....84..506E
planck_freq¶

planck_freq
(frequency, temperature) → black_body_flux¶
Purpose¶
Calculate the flux of a black body per unit frequency.
Explanation¶
Return the spectral radiance of a black body per unit frequency using Planck’s law
Arguments¶
frequency
: frequency at which the flux is to be calculated, in Hertz.temperature
: the equilibrium temperature of the black body, in Kelvin.
Both arguments can be either scalar or arrays of the same length.
Output¶
The spectral radiance of the black body, in units of W/(sr·m²·Hz).
Example¶
Plot the spectrum of a black body in \([10^{12}, 10^{15.4}]\) Hz at \(8000\) K. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
frequency=logspace(12, 15.4, 1000);
temperature=ones(frequency)*8000;
flux=planck_freq(frequency, temperature);
plot(frequency, flux)
Notes¶
planck_wave
calculates the flux of a black body per unit wavelength.
planck_wave¶

planck_wave
(wavelength, temperature) → black_body_flux¶
Purpose¶
Calculate the flux of a black body per unit wavelength.
Explanation¶
Return the spectral radiance of a black body per unit wavelength using Planck’s law
Arguments¶
wavelength
: wavelength at which the flux is to be calculated, in meters.temperature
: the equilibrium temperature of the black body, in Kelvin.
Both arguments can be either scalar or arrays of the same length.
Output¶
The spectral radiance of the black body, in units of W/(sr·m³).
Example¶
Plot the spectrum of a black body in \([0, 3]\) µm at \(5000\) K. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
wavelength=linspace(0, 3e6, 1000);
temperature=ones(wavelength)*5000;
flux=planck_wave(wavelength, temperature);
plot(wavelength, flux)
Notes¶
planck_freq
calculates the flux of a black body per unit frequency.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
polrec¶

polrec
(radius, angle[, degrees=true]) → x, y
Purpose¶
Convert 2D polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates.
Explanation¶
This is the partial inverse function of recpol
.
Arguments¶
radius
: radial coordinate of the point. It may be a scalar or an array.angle
: the angular coordinate of the point. It may be a scalar or an array of the same lenth asradius
.degrees
(optional boolean keyword): iftrue
, theangle
is assumed to be in degrees, otherwise in radians. It defaults tofalse
.
Mandatory arguments can also be passed as the 2tuple
(radius, angle)
, so that it is possible to execute
recpol(polrec(radius, angle))
.
Output¶
A 2tuple (x, y)
with the rectangular coordinate of the input. If
radius
and angle
are arrays, x
and y
are arrays of the
same length as radius
and angle
.
Example¶
Get rectangular coordinates \((x, y)\) of the point with polar coordinates \((r, \varphi) = (1.7, 227)\), with angle \(\varphi\) expressed in degrees.
x, y = polrec(1.7, 227, degrees=true)
# => (1.1593972121062475,1.2433012927525897)
posang¶

posang
(units, ra1, dec1, ra2, dec2) → angular_distance
Purpose¶
Compute rigorous position angle of point 2 relative to point 1.
Explanation¶
Computes the rigorous position angle of point 2 (with given right ascension and declination) using point 1 (with given right ascension and declination) as the center.
Arguments¶
units
: integer, can be either 0, or 1, or 2. Describes units of inputs and output: 0: everything (input right ascensions and declinations, and output distance) is radians
 1: right ascensions are in decimal hours, declinations in decimal degrees, output distance in degrees
 2: right ascensions and declinations are in degrees, output distance in degrees
ra1
: right ascension or longitude of point 1dec1
: declination or latitude of point 1ra2
: right ascension or longitude of point 2dec2
: declination or latitude of point 2
Both ra1
and dec1
, and ra2
and dec2
can be given as
2tuples (ra1, dec1)
and (ra2, dec2)
.
Output¶
Angle of the great circle containing [ra2, dec2]
from the meridian
containing [ra1, dec1]
, in the sense north through east rotating
about [ra1, dec1]
. See units
argument above for units.
Method¶
The “fourparts formula” from spherical trigonometry (p. 12 of Smart’s Spherical Astronomy or p. 12 of Green’ Spherical Astronomy).
Example¶
Mizar has coordinates (ra, dec) = (13h 23m 55.5s, +54° 55’ 31’‘). Its companion, Alcor, has coordinates (ra, dec) = (13h 25m 13.5s, +54° 59’ 17’‘). Find the position angle of Alcor with respect to Mizar.
posang(1, ten(13, 25, 13.5), ten(54, 59, 17), ten(13, 23, 55.5), ten(54, 55, 31))
# => 108.46011246802047
Notes¶
 If
ra1
,dec1
are scalars, andra2
,dec2
are vectors, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra2
,dec2
tora1
,dec1
. Similarly, ifra1
,de1
are vectors, andra2
,dec2
are scalars, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra1
,dec1
tora2
,dec2
. If bothra1
,dec1
andra2
,dec2
are vectors then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element ofra1
,dec1
to the corresponding element ofra2
,dec2
.  The function
sphdist
provides an alternate method of computing a spherical distance.  Note that
posang
is not commutative: the position angle between A and B is \(\theta\), then the position angle between B and A is \(180 + \theta\).
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
precess¶

precess
(ra, dec, equinox1, equinox2[, FK4=true, radians=true]) → prec_ra, prec_dec
Purpose¶
Precess coordinates from equinox1
to equinox2
.
Explanation¶
The default (ra, dec)
system is FK5 based on epoch J2000.0 but FK4
based on B1950.0 is available via the FK4
boolean keyword.
Arguments¶
ra
: input right ascension, scalar or vector, in degrees, unless theradians
keyword is set totrue
dec
: input declination, scalar or vector, in degrees, unless theradians
keyword is set totrue
equinox1
: original equinox of coordinates, numeric scalar.equinox2
: equinox of precessed coordinates.FK4
(optional boolean keyword): if this keyword is set totrue
, the FK4 (B1950.0) system precession angles are used to compute the precession matrix. When it isfalse
, the default, use FK5 (J2000.0) precession angles.radians
(optional boolean keyword): if this keyword is set totrue
, then the input and output right ascension and declination vectors are in radians rather than degrees.
Output¶
The 2tuple (ra, dec)
of coordinates modified by precession.
Example¶
The Pole Star has J2000.0 coordinates (2h, 31m, 46.3s, 89d 15’ 50.6”); compute its coordinates at J1985.0
ra, dec = ten(2,31,46.3)*15, ten(89,15,50.6)
# => (37.94291666666666,89.26405555555556)
adstring(precess(ra, dec, 2000, 1985), precision=1)
# => " 02 16 22.73 +89 11 47.3"
Precess the B1950 coordinates of Eps Ind (RA = 21h 59m,33.053s, DEC = (56d, 59’, 33.053”) to equinox B1975.
ra, dec = ten(21, 59, 33.053)*15, ten(56, 59, 33.053)
# => (329.88772083333333,56.992514722222225)
adstring(precess(ra, dec, 1950, 1975, FK4=true), precision=1)
# => " 22 01 15.46 56 52 18.7"
Method¶
Algorithm from “Computational Spherical Astronomy” by Taff (1983), p. 24. (FK4). FK5 constants from “Explanatory Supplement To The Astronomical Almanac” 1992, page 104 Table 3.211.1 (https://archive.org/details/131123ExplanatorySupplementAstronomicalAlmanac).
Notes¶
Accuracy of precession decreases for declination values near 90 degrees.
precess
should not be used more than 2.5 centuries from 2000 on the
FK5 system (1950.0 on the FK4 system). If you need better accuracy, use
bprecess
or jprecess
as needed.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
precess_xyz¶

precess_xyz
(x, y, z, equinox1, equinox2) → prec_x, prec_y, prec_z¶
Purpose¶
Precess equatorial geocentric rectangular coordinates.
Arguments¶
x
,y
,z
: scalars or vectors giving heliocentric rectangular coordinates.equinox1
: original equinox of coordinates, numeric scalar.equinox2
: equinox of precessed coordinates, numeric scalar.
Input coordinates can be given also a 3tuple (x, y, z)
.
Output¶
The 3tuple (x, y, z)
of coordinates modified by precession.
Example¶
Precess 2000 equinox coordinates (1, 1, 1)
to 2050.
precess_xyz(1, 1, 1, 2000, 2050)
# => (0.9838854500981734,1.0110925876508692,1.0048189888146941)
Method¶
The equatorial geocentric rectangular coordinates are converted to right
ascension and declination, precessed in the normal way, then changed
back to x
, y
and z
using unit vectors.
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
premat¶

premat
(equinox1, equinox2[, FK4=true]) → precession_matrix
Purpose¶
Return the precession matrix needed to go from equinox1
to
equinox2
.
Explanation¶
This matrix is used by precess
and baryvel
to precess
astronomical coordinates.
Arguments¶
equinox1
: original equinox of coordinates, numeric scalar.equinox2
: equinox of precessed coordinates.FK4
(optional boolean keyword): if this keyword is set totrue
, the FK4 (B1950.0) system precession angles are used to compute the precession matrix. When it isfalse
, the default, use FK5 (J2000.0) precession angles.
Output¶
A 3×3 AbstractFloat
matrix, used to precess equatorial rectangular
coordinates.
Example¶
Return the precession matrix from 1950.0 to 1975.0 in the FK4 system
premat(1950,1975,FK4=true)
# => 3x3 Array{Float64,2}:
# 0.999981 0.00558775 0.00242909
# 0.00558775 0.999984 6.78691e6
# 0.00242909 6.78633e6 0.999997
Method¶
FK4 constants from “Computational Spherical Astronomy” by Taff (1983), p. 24. (FK4). FK5 constants from “Explanatory Supplement To The Astronomical Almanac” 1992, page 104 Table 3.211.1 (https://archive.org/details/131123ExplanatorySupplementAstronomicalAlmanac).
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
radec¶

radec
(ra::Real, dec::Real[, hours=true]) → ra_hours, ra_minutes, ra_seconds, dec_degrees, dec_minutes, dec_seconds
Purpose¶
Convert right ascension and declination from decimal to sexagesimal units.
Explanation¶
The conversion is to sexagesimal hours for right ascension, and sexagesimal degrees for declination.
Arguments¶
ra
: decimal right ascension, scalar or array. It is expressed in degrees, unless the optional keywordhours
is set totrue
.dec
: declination in decimal degrees, scalar or array, same number of elements asra
.hours
(optional boolean keyword): iffalse
(the default),ra
is assumed to be given in degrees, otherwisera
is assumed to be expressed in hours.
Output¶
A 6tuple of AbstractFloat
:
(ra_hours, ra_minutes, ra_seconds, dec_degrees, dec_minutes, dec_seconds)
If ra
and dec
are arrays, also each element of the output
6tuple are arrays of the same dimension.
Example¶
Position of Sirius in the sky is (ra, dec) = (6.7525, 16.7161), with right ascension expressed in hours. Its sexagesimal representation is given by
radec(6.7525, 16.7161, hours=true)
# => (6.0,45.0,9.0,16.0,42.0,57.9600000000064)
recpol¶

recpol
(x, y[, degrees=true]) → radius, angle
Purpose¶
Convert 2D rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates.
Explanation¶
This is the partial inverse function of polrec
.
Arguments¶
x
: the abscissa coordinate of the point. It may be a scalar or an array.y
: the ordinate coordinate of the point. It may be a scalar or an array of the same lenth asx
.degrees
(optional boolean keyword): iftrue
, the outputangle
is given in degrees, otherwise in radians. It defaults tofalse
.
Mandatory arguments may also be passed as the 2tuple (x, y)
, so
that it is possible to execute polrec(recpol(x, y))
.
Output¶
A 2tuple (radius, angle)
with the polar coordinates of the input.
The coordinate angle
coordinate lies in the range
\([\pi, \pi]\) if degrees=false
, or \([180, 180]\) when
degrees=true
.
If x
and y
are arrays, radius
and angle
are arrays of
the same length as radius
and angle
.
Example¶
Calculate polar coordinates \((r, \varphi)\) of point with rectangular coordinates \((x, y) = (2.24, 1.87)\).
r, phi = recpol(2.24, 1.87)
# => (2.9179616172938263,0.6956158538564537)
Angle \(\varphi\) is given in radians.
rhotheta¶

rhotheta
(period, periastron, eccentricity, semimajor_axis, inclination, omega, omega2, epoch) → rho, theta
Purpose¶
Calculate the separation and position angle of a binary star.
Explanation¶
This function will return the separation \(\rho\) and position angle \(\theta\) of a visual binary star derived from its orbital elements. The algorithms described in the following book will be used: Meeus J., 1992, Astronomische Algorithmen, Barth. Compared to the examples given at page 400 and no discrepancy found.
Arguments¶
period
: period [year]periastro
: time of periastron passage [year]eccentricity
: eccentricity of the orbitsemimajor_axis
: semimajor axis [arc second]inclination
: inclination angle [degree]omega
: node [degree]omega2
: longitude of periastron [degree]epoch
: epoch of observation [year]
All input parameters have to be scalars.
Output¶
The 2tuple \((\rho, \theta)\), where
 \(\rho\): separation [arc second]
 \(\theta\): position angle [degree]
Example¶
Find the position of Eta Coronae Borealis at the epoch 2016
ρ, θ = rhotheta(41.623, 1934.008, 0.2763, 0.907, 59.025, 23.717, 219.907, 2016)
# => (0.6351167848228113,214.42513388052114)
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
sixty¶

sixty
(number) → [deg, min, sec]
Purpose¶
Converts a decimal number to sexagesimal.
Explanation¶
The reverse of ten
function.
Argument¶
number
: decimal number to be converted to sexagesimal.
Output¶
An array of three AbstractFloat
, that are the sexagesimal
counterpart (degrees, minutes, seconds) of number
.
Example¶
sixty(0.615)
# => 3element Array{Float64,1}:
# 0.0
# 36.0
# 54.0
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
sphdist¶

sphdist
(long1, lat1, long2, lat2[, degrees=true]) → angular_distance
Purpose¶
Angular distance between points on a sphere.
Arguments¶
long1
: longitude of point 1lat1
: latitude of point 1long2
: longitude of point 2lat2
: latitude of point 2degrees
(optional boolean keyword): iftrue
, all angles, including the output distance, are assumed to be in degrees, otherwise they are all in radians. It defaults tofalse
.
Output¶
Angular distance on a sphere between points 1 and 2, as an
AbstractFloat
. It is expressed in radians unless degrees
keyword
is set to true
.
Example¶
sphdist(120, 43, 175, +22)
# => 1.5904422616007134
Notes¶
gcirc
function is similar tosphdist
, but may be more suitable for astronomical applications. If
long1
,lat1
are scalars, andlong2
,lat2
are vectors, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element oflong2
,lat2
tolong1
,lat1
. Similarly, iflong1
,de1
are vectors, andlong2
,lat2
are scalars, then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element oflong1
,lat1
tolong2
,lat2
. If bothlong1
,lat1
andlong2
,lat2
are vectors then the output is a vector giving the distance of each element oflong1
,lat1
to the corresponding element oflong2
,lat2
.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
sunpos¶

sunpos
(jd[, radians=true]) → ra, dec, elong, obliquity
Purpose¶
Compute the right ascension and declination of the Sun at a given date.
Arguments¶
jd
: the Julian date of when you want to calculate Sun position. It can be either a scalar or a vector. Usejdcnv
to get the Julian date for a given date and time.radians
(optional boolean keyword): if set totrue
, all output quantities are given in radians. The default isfalse
, so all quantities are given in degrees.
Output¶
The 4tuple (ra, dec, elong, obliquity)
:
ra
: the right ascension of the Sun at that datedec
: the declination of the Sun at that dateelong
: ecliptic longitude of the Sun at that dateobliquity
: the obliquity of the ecliptic
All quantities are given in degrees, unless radians
keyword is set
to true
(see “Arguments” section). If jd
is an array, arrays of
the same given as jd
are returned.
Method¶
Uses a truncated version of Newcomb’s Sun. Adapted from the IDL routine SUN_POS by CD Pike, which was adapted from a FORTRAN routine by B. Emerson (RGO).
Example¶
 Find the apparent right ascension and declination of the Sun on May 1, 1982
adstring(sunpos(jdcnv(1982, 5, 1))[1:2], precision=2)
# => " 02 31 32.614 +14 54 34.92"
The Astronomical Almanac gives 02 31 32.58 +14 54 34.9
so the error
for this case is < 0.5”.
 Plot the apparent right ascension, in hours, and declination of the Sun, in degrees, for every day in 2016. Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
days = DateTime(2016):DateTime(2016, 12, 31);
ra, declin = sunpos(jdcnv(days));
plot(days, ra/15); plot(days, declin)
Notes¶
Patrick Wallace (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK) has tested the
accuracy of a C adaptation of the present algorithm and found the
following results. From 19002100 sunpos
gave 7.3 arcsec maximum
error, 2.6 arcsec RMS. Over the shorter interval 19502050 the figures
were 6.4 arcsec max, 2.2 arcsec RMS.
The returned ra
and dec
are in the given date’s equinox.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
ten¶

ten
(deg[, min, sec]) → decimal 
ten
("deg:min:sec") → decimal 
tenv
([deg][, min][, sec]) → decimal¶ 
tenv
(["deg:min:sec"]) → decimal
Purpose¶
Converts a sexagesimal number or string to decimal.
Explanation¶
ten
is the inverse of the sixty
function. tenv
is the
vectorial version of ten
.
Arguments¶
ten
takes as argument either three scalars (deg
, min
,
sec
) or a string. The string should have the form "deg:min:sec"
or "deg min sec"
. Also any iterable like (deg, min, sec)
or
[deg, min, sec]
is accepted as argument.
If minutes and seconds are not specified they default to zero.
tenv
takes as input three numerical arrays of numbers (minutes and
seconds arrays default to null arrays if omitted) or one array of
strings or iterables.
Output¶
The decimal conversion of the sexagesimal numbers provided is returned. The output has the same dimension as the input.
Method¶
The formula used for the conversion is
Example¶
ten(0.0, 19, 47)
# => 0.3297222222222222
ten("+5:14:58")
# => 5.249444444444444
ten("10 26")
# => 10.433333333333334
ten((10, 26))
# => 10.433333333333334
Notes¶
These functions cannot deal with 0
(negative integer zero) in
numeric input. If it is important to give sense to negative zero, you
can either make sure to pass a floating point negative zero 0.0
(this is the best option), or use negative minutes and seconds, or
noninteger negative degrees and minutes.
trueanom¶

trueanom
(E, e) → true anomaly
Purpose¶
Calculate true anomaly for a particle in elliptic orbit with eccentric anomaly \(E\) and eccentricity \(e\).
Explanation¶
In the twobody problem, once that the Kepler’s equation is solved and \(E(t)\) is determined, the polar coordinates \((r(t), \theta(t))\) of the body at time \(t\) in the elliptic orbit are given by
in which \(a\) is the semimajor axis of the orbit, and \(\theta_0\) the value of angular coordinate at time \(t = t_{0}\).
Arguments¶
E
: eccentric anomaly. This can be either a scalar or an arraye
: eccentricity, in the elliptic motion regime (\(0 \leq e \leq 1\))
Output¶
The true anomaly. If an array of eccentric anomalies is provided in
input, an array of the same length as E
is returned.
Example¶
Plot the true anomaly as a function of mean anomaly for eccentricity \(e = 0\), \(0.5\), \(0.9\). Use PyPlot.jl for plotting.
using PyPlot
M=linspace(0, 2pi, 1001)[1:end1];
for ecc in (0, 0.5, 0.9)
E = kepler_solver(M, ecc);
plot(M, cirrange(trueanom(E, ecc), 2pi))
end
Notes¶
The eccentric anomaly can be calculated with kepler_solver
function.
vactoair¶

vactoair
(wave_vacuum) → wave_air
Purpose¶
Converts vacuum wavelengths to air wavelengths.
Explanation¶
Corrects for the index of refraction of air under standard conditions. Wavelength values below \(2000 Å\) will not be altered. Uses relation of Ciddor (1996).
Arguments¶
wave_vacuum
: vacuum wavelength in angstroms. Can be either a scalar or an array of numbers. Wavelengths are corrected for the index of refraction of air under standard conditions. Wavelength values below \(2000 Å\) will not be altered, take care within \([1 Å, 2000 Å]\).
Output¶
Air wavelength in angstroms, same number of elements as wave_vacuum
.
Method¶
Uses relation of Ciddor (1996), Applied Optics 35, 1566 (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1996ApOpt..35.1566C).
Example¶
If the vacuum wavelength is w = 2000
, then vactoair(w)
yields an
air wavelength of 1999.353
.
Notes¶
airtovac
converts air wavelengths to vacuum wavelengths.
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
xyz¶

xyz
(jd[, equinox]) → x, y, z, v_x, v_y, v_z
Purpose¶
Calculate geocentric \(x\), \(y\), and \(z\) and velocity coordinates of the Sun.
Explanation¶
Calculates geocentric \(x\), \(y\), and \(z\) vectors and velocity coordinates (\(dx\), \(dy\) and \(dz\)) of the Sun. (The positive \(x\) axis is directed towards the equinox, the \(y\)axis, towards the point on the equator at right ascension 6h, and the \(z\) axis toward the north pole of the equator). Typical position accuracy is \(<10^{4}\) AU (15000 km).
Arguments¶
jd
: number of Reduced Julian Days for the wanted date. It can be either a scalar or a vector.equinox
(optional numeric argument): equinox of output. Default is 1950.
You can use juldate
to get the number of Reduced Julian Days for the
selected dates.
Output¶
The 6tuple \((x, y, z, v_x, v_y, v_z)\), where
 \(x\), \(y\), \(z\): scalars or vectors giving heliocentric rectangular coordinates (in AU) for each date supplied. Note that \(\sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2}\) gives the EarthSun distance for the given date.
 \(v_x\), \(v_y\), \(v_z\): velocity vectors corresponding to \(x\), \(y\), and \(z\).
Example¶
What were the rectangular coordinates and velocities of the Sun on 19990122T00:00:00 (= JD 2451200.5) in J2000 coords? Note: Astronomical Almanac (AA) is in TDT, so add 64 seconds to UT to convert.
jd = juldate(DateTime(1999, 1, 22))
# => 51200.5
xyz(jd + 64./86400., 2000)
# => (0.5145687092402946,0.7696326261820777,0.33376880143026394,0.014947267514081075,0.008314838205475709,0.003606857607574784)
Compare to Astronomical Almanac (1999 page C20)
x (AU) y (AU) z (AU)
xyz: 0.51456871 0.76963263 0.33376880
AA: 0.51453130 0.7697110 0.3337152
abs(err): 0.00003739 0.00007839 0.00005360
abs(err)
(km): 5609 11759 8040
NOTE: Velocities in AA are for Earth/Moon barycenter (a very minor offset) see AA 1999 page E3
x vel (AU/day) y vel (AU/day) z vel (AU/day)
xyz: 0.014947268 0.0083148382 0.0036068576
AA: 0.01494574 0.00831185 0.00360365
abs(err): 0.000001583 0.0000029886 0.0000032076
abs(err)
(km/sec): 0.00265 0.00519 0.00557
Notes¶
Code of this function is based on IDL Astronomy User’s Library.
ydn2md¶

ydn2md
(year, day) → date
Purpose¶
Convert from year and day number of year to a date.
Explanation¶
Returns the date corresponding to the day
of year
.
Arguments¶
year
: the year, as a scalar integer.day
: the day ofyear
, as an integer. It is can be either a scalar or array of integers.
Output¶
The date, of Date
type, of \(\text{day}  1\) days after January
1st of year
.
Example¶
Find the date of the 60th and 234th days of the year 2016.
ydn2md(2016, [60, 234])
# => 2element Array{Date,1}:
# 20160229
# 20160821
Note¶
ymd2dn
converts from a date to day of the year.
ymd2dn¶

ymd2dn
(date) → number_of_days
Purpose¶
Convert from a date to day of the year.
Explanation¶
Returns the day of the year for date
with January 1st being day 1.
Arguments¶
date
: the date withDate
type. Can be a single date or an array of dates.
Output¶
The day of the year for the given date
. If date
is an array,
returns an array of days.
Example¶
Find the days of the year for March 5 in the years 2015 and 2016 (this is a leap year).
ymd2dn([Date(2015, 3, 5), Date(2016, 3, 5)])
# => 2element Array{Int64,1}:
# 64
# 65
Note¶
ydn2md
converts from year and day number of year to a date.