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Questions on systems to uniquely determine position of a point or other geometric element on a manifold such as Euclidean space.

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Conventional units for astronomical object coordinates

I would like to know what the conventional units for identifying a celestial object (J2000.0) are. For instance, I am reading a paper in which they refer to object SDSSJ170013.70+400855.6; I am ...
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What are the aspects does the moon differs between cities located on the same latitude?

What are the aspects does the moon (astronomical position and other astronomical aspects) differs between cities located in the same latitude? - For example: Seattle, Munich, Vienna, and Ulaanbaator ...
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If I was in a coma and woke up at night in the desert, what knowledge would I know instantly and after 30 days?

If I was in a coma and woke up at night in the desert, what knowledge would I know instantly and after 30 days of observation? Can I figure out the general directions, i.e. where North, South, East, ...
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Understanding the difference between local time and local sidereal time

I am currently attempting to understand different systems of telling the time: particularly, distinguishing local time (LT) from local sidereal time (LST). I understand that they often differ; despite ...
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What do these latitudinal and longitudinal lines and accompanying hours and degrees represent?

I'm a beginner in Astronomy. What do these latitudinal and longitudinal lines and accompanying hours and degrees represent (in blue: +12h , +11h.. and +45° +60°.. , in orange: +330° , +15°) ?
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rotate right ascension, declination based on delta time

Assuming I was observing a source at a given right ascension $\alpha_0$ declination $\delta_0$ at a given time $t_0$ under a certain azimuth $A$ and elevation $a$ angle. If I now change my time to $...
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Conversion of Moon's Celestial Position (RA and dec) to Horizontal Coordinates [closed]

I'm currently attempting to calculate the equatorial sky position of the Moon for any given Geostatic position (longitude / latitude) for any given datetime. I have tested my altitude and azimuth ...
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Can someone explain to me the TEME reference frame in defining orbital coordinates?

I am undertaking a project of developing a "surface station" for my desktop, which will track the position of different satellites as they fly overhead. I have zero background in ...
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Is this how stars’ right ascensions correlate to planets’ longitudes on a 2d map?

This is my first ever online question, so please bear with me: I’m working on an A1-sized map of at least 100 of the largest solar system bodies (henceforth just called ‘planets’, ignorning the IAU ...
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Filtering local region in SIMBAD

I am completely new to astrophysics and currently writing a paper on Cepheid variables for high school physics. I would like to filter out all Cepheid variables in the local system which I would ...
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Converting Invariable plane to J2000 ecliptic

I've been following the answer given by Mike G here: How to calculate the orientation of planets at current epoch to get planets to have the correct orientation in my program, but all the angles are ...
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Coordinates in the Night Sky

I've learned about Orbits recently, and there are 6 orbital elements. Now, I've heard of three coordinate systems whereas, they can help you measure positions of stars in the night sky. The Altazimuth,...
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What is a “fundamental location”, and why is Mosting A defined as one for the moon?

The crater Mosting A was chosen to be the "fundamental location" for the Moon's coordinate system (latitude and longitude). But what exactly is a "fundamental location"? What does ...
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What do these coordinates mean: MW - VP101 3° 12' 43.2'' S 5° 12' 39.6'' W?

I have a jacket with a tag that bears the label: MW - VP101 3° 12' 43.2'' S 5° 12' 39.6'' W When I looked it up, I discovered that these are the coordinates of the ...
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Plotting Equatorial coordinates to X,Y plane (simulating telescope/camera view)

I would like to simulate a telescope camera view, projecting (RA, Dec) coordinate sets to a 2D plane. So effectively the need is to convert Equatorial coordinates to (x, y) coordinates, when we can ...
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What is the longitude of the winter solstice for the various planets?

I am looking for data showing the longitude at which the various planets in the solar system reach their winter solstice. Where could I find this data?
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Orbit of Luhman 16?

I am studying some binary stars and brown dwarfs. Some orbits are known and easy to find, like Alpha Centauri. However, when I look for the orbital characteristics of Luhman 16 (AB), I only get the ...
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How to calculate longitude of Alcyone - η Tauri in the year 41050 BCE?

Using the following information from The Skylive, and simple arithmetic I tried to calculate longitude of Alcyone in the year 41050 BCE at a place: 29.9457 N , 78.1642 E. Galactic Longitude 166.67°, ...
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Solar Azimuth angle Derivation

I tried posting this on math stack exchange to no avail so I thought maybe it's more relevant here : I know a similar question has been posted here before but no links to any mathematical derivations ...
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How is the incidence angle of the Sun related to the lean angle of the Cooks pines?

Auracaria columnaris (Cooks pine) on average lean towards the equator. Most of the pines in the Northern Hemisphere lean southward and most of the pines in the Southern Hemisphere lean northward. ...
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Getting XYZ coordinates of Luminous Red Galaxies catalogue

So I want to get the XYZ (rectangular/Cartesian) coordinates of the LRG (luminous red galaxies) catalog. The catalog is available for download from here: https://data.sdss.org/sas/dr16/eboss/lss/...
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Converting equatorial coordinates to Cartesian coordinates for extragalactic distances

I'm trying to search for galaxy clusters with the friends-of-friends (FoF) algorithm. I have the equatorial coordinates ($\alpha, \delta$) and redshifts ($0.5<z<2.5$) of galaxies that I wish to ...
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When (yyyy-mm-dd) does the north pole of uranus most nearly point towards the sun?

When (yyyy-mm-dd) does the north pole of uranus most nearly point towards the sun? The information I've found suggests this happened in 1944 or 1945, but would like to find a more precise date or ...
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Calculate Global (ECEF) coordinates of Observer

I have the local coordinates of satellite and global coordinates of satellites. I want to calculate the observer position in global (ECEF) system. How can I do this? I also explain this question with ...
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Third rotational angle in equatorial coordinates

Right ascension and declination identify an object's position in the sky, but if we are looking at something through a telescope, there is a third angle of interest, namely how our view is rotated ...
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What are Native coordinates in the World Coordinate System?

i am writing my first paper about our solar telescope, and i need to explain the optical transformations in terms of World Coordinate Systems. I am not sure if i got the following right, and would be ...
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Clarifications about distances in cosmology

I would like to get clarifications about some usual notions of distances in cosmology. First, is the comoving distance the current distance of objects whose light has been reached by us now, i.e. ...
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How to calculate geocentric transformation to heliocentric coordinates?

I have Sun data (lon+lat+distance) in geocentric coordinates: but I want to visualize in heliocentric way. How to calculate that?
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How to plot celestial equator in galactic coordinates? Why does my plot appear “backwards”? [duplicate]

I'm trying to plot celestial equator in galactic coordinates. Here is my code (based on this answer): ...
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What is a UBV source for stars or stellar objects?

I was using the V19(VizieR) catalog and the main identifier of the stars was in terms of an 'ID' number which they mentioned as being 'Star number in UBV source' I have no idea what that means. How ...
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Data to “check” Kepler’s first law

I want to "check" Kepler’s first law by using real data of Mars. From the equation of the ellipse, I derived $$\frac{1}{r}=\frac{a}{b^2}+\frac{a}{b^2}\cdot\epsilon\cdot\cos(\varphi),$$ where ...
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Data for “milky way outline” [duplicate]

I am trying to make a software generated star chart, and want to include the outline of the milky way as shown in many such star charts. Does anyone have any idea where to obtain the data for that? ...
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Figure out the location of celestial objects relative to the Milky Way in x, y, z co-ordinates

I am trying to place various celestial objects the correct distance from the Milky Way, using x, y, z co-ordinates. So assuming the centre-of-mass of the Milky Way is at 0, 0, 0 - how can I figure out ...
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Why does M101 search string have RA variable from 0 to 360 and Dec variable from -90 to +90 in the Hubble Legacy Archive?

I was scraping some images off the Hubble Legacy Archive and I found that searching M101 with RA in range 0-360 and Dec in range -90 to +90 yields results. Now I understand that Messier 101 galaxy has ...
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Is the “mean orbit” centered on ellipse center or ellipse focus?

Mean longitude and mean anomaly of a body are calculated as the angle covered by the body along a fictious circular orbit, and this is ok. But where is this orbit centered? Five different sources say ...
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What is the difference between azimuth angle and hour angle?

What is the difference between an hour angle and an azimuth angle? When I see illustrations of the two, the angles look very similar.
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Ecliptic coordinate ranges in radians

In ecliptic coordinates, what are the ranges of ecliptic longitude and latitude in radians? Do they both go from $-\pi$ to $\pi$?
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Using altitude, azimuth to determine a baseline vector?

I know the equatorial coordinates of a “beam” pointing from an Earth-based observer toward some distant star. I have converted those coordinates to altazimuth coordinates for that observer and a ...
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Horizontal to Equatorial Conversion - Code

Following this tutorial I have been able to convert from Equatorial to Horizontal Coordinates and am now searching for a way to do the reverse. I understand this kind of question has been asked and ...
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Calculation to Convert from Equatorial to Heliocentric coordinate systems

Can anyone help me with the formulas to convert Equatorial coordinates (Right Ascension / Declination) into Heliocentric coordinates (Angle and Distance in relation to the Sun) ? i.e. Ra/Dec of 6.7659/...
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$\eta$ and $\xi$ coordinate system

Is there a standard definition for $\eta$ and $\xi$ in terms of Ra and Dec, as used in an astronomical coordinate system? I'm used to working with Ra and Dec, and am not sure how to precisely ...
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What direction does 0° in the J2000 epoch point towards on January 1, 2000?

Is 0 degrees in the J2000 Epoch 'right ascension' is a line from Earth to the sun on January 1, 2000? Or is 0 degrees the direction towards the ascending node 'equinox'? Which is NOT towards the Sun ...
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Different times of sunset at the same location due to elevation

Me and my friend were watching the sunset on the same location (at my country the latitude is approximately 40 degrees). I am at sea level and my friend is at an elevation. He observed the sunset with ...
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How can the IAU 2000A vs IAU 2000B nutation comparison be reproduced?

I am attempting to plot how the IAU 2000A nutation model degrades as its terms are omitted. As a spot-check, I decided to compare it to IAU 2000B, which includes only the 77 most important lunisolar ...
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Rotating observer plane inside celestial sphere with a given coordinates, time and date [duplicate]

I have plotted stars around the surface of a celestial sphere. At the centre of this sphere, I have a brown plane which is the land. This plane can be rotated in the x,y and z axis. When x,y,z ...
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Position Angle Relative to North

I am trying to find the position angle of a star whose Ra and dec are known. I have already looked at the 'Measuring misalignment between two positions on sky' question and answer, but the answer ...
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Unable to detect stars and constellations in simulation of stars from the Hipparcos catalogue

I am creating a planetarium program using Unity3D and C# to plot out stars from the Hipparcos catalogue. Using the Plx, _RA.icrs and _DE.icrs columns of the dataset, I have managed to work the ...
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How to plot curvilinear coordinates in the frame of a Cartesian telescope field of view

I am wondering what projection is used to produce plots like this: (Image taken from here, author: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech, Image credit: Software Bisque) More generally, I am trying to figure out the ...
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Where do the symbols $\lambda$ and $\beta$ come from for celestial latitude and longitude?

I'm reading Episodes From the Early History of Astronomy, and the author mentions the system of celestial coordinates based on the ecliptic. In this system, the two coordinates are latitude and ...
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How do I plot field of view of an earth-based observatory in Galactic Coordinates?

I would like to plot in Galactic Coordinate the sky field-of-view of an earth-based observatory (e.g. MAGIC). Something like this from Liu et 2016. I already know how plot source positions on a 2D ...

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