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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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What coordinate system is at rest relative to the center of the galaxy?

I am given equatorial coordinates and I need to transform them into a coordinate system that is at rest relative to the center of the galaxy. The closest thing I could find is galactic coordinates ...
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Calculating angle between the sun and a perpendicular to earth given lon/lat & time

If you had your longitude/latitude, and the time/date, how could I go about working out the angle between your normal and the sun? At first I was doing a simplistic approach of assuming elliptical ...
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How can one determine the declination range of stars visible for a certain amount of time above a specific airmass at a certain location?

Let's assume you want to observe stars at Kitt Peak (32 degrees North) at an airmass above 2, for 2 hours (30 degrees of Earth rotation). My attempt: The angle between the zenith and celestial ...
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Latitude of given altitude of Sun

From Question #6 of USAAAO First Round 2018 (1 point) For the following problem find the range in which the answer lies: on the day of summer solstice, on which geographic latitude is the sun ...
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How to calculate parallactic angle from a fixed alt-az position?

Say we have an observer at a specified latitude and longitude on Earth who would like to observer a specific fixed alt-az sky position (rather than RA and dec), for example to look at geosynchronous ...
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When is the best time to observe M81 from the Northern Hemisphere?

I have read that the best time to view M81 is during the spring. Considering its RA is ~10h and Dec. is +69°, wouldn't February 21st be the best time to view it since this is about when it transits my ...
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Determining Horizontal Coordinate System data (azimuth, altitude) for geographic locations

I would like to determine, specifically, azimuth and elevation data for any given location on the surface of the earth relative to another location on the surface of the earth (for my purposes, the ...
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How to determine Az-El pointing of a telescope spiral scan?

I am writing a simulation of an automated telescope observation program. One part of this is to run a spiral scan pattern on and around objects of interest. I would like to tile this scan pattern so ...
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Is the sun flipped on the other side of the world?

As the orientation of the moon is different in the northern and the southern hemisphere, is the orientation of the sun different in both hemisphere? Does a sunspot appearing in the Sun northern ...
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Difference between J2000, FK5 and ICRS coordinate systems? Which one does the Yale Bright Star Catalog use?

I have no background in astronomy. I have been wanting to write code to make star charts for a given location and time, which led to this question. I figured out that I would need to convert the ...
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Why do J2000 coordinates change with time in Stellarium?

I'm new to the field so I'm sure this is a basic misunderstanding. As I currently understand it, J2000 equatorial coordinates describe the position of objects by referencing a specific point in time (...
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Coordinate system for space [closed]

I am high school student, I have doubt if I have to locate a planet or any star in space, how do I locate it, because we have no perfect coordinate system, I have read in some books, that time is ...
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How to query a region on the sky when given only ecliptic coordinates?

I am new at using the Python packages astropy/astroquery and what I want to achieve is to use it to find stars that lay on the TESS continuous view zone (CVZ). I ...
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Geo Helio and RA

please assist me , i'm using Zet 9 and there is Geo longitude , Helio longitude and RA , what is the difference between them. example : ...
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How to create unique 3d star maps?

I have been trying to create a calculator which finds the distance between two stars that the user chooses. But I'm having a hard time visualizing where these stars are in real space. Do you know of ...
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Turn celestial coordinates into light years

I have a question about celestial coordinates. I have been working on a calculator that takes in different stars and tells you how far apart they are, and their coordinates (x, y, z). But I didn't ...
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Why do astronomers use the equatorial coordinate system that moves, instead of one based on fixed, distant stars?

As an outsider to the field, I am surprised to learn that astronomers commonly use the equatorial coordinate system, in which fixed stars are not actually fixed. Isn't that making life harder than it ...
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What exactly is a Right Ascension clock and how was one (mounted on a telescope) used in practice, historically?

@MikeG's answer to Why does this Lowell Observatory telescope have so many knobs? What do they all do? explains that item #6 labeled in the image there (and cropped version here) is likely to be a "...
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How do I plot galactic coordinates using matplotlib and astropy in python?

I want to make a projection of millisecond pulsars on the galactic plane, much like this one from Sala et al. 2004: I have tried several methods, and have not gotten anywhere. This is my current ...
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Eccentricity from Analemma

Can the eccentricity of a planet's orbit be found just from the analemma of its star? We can draw an analemma given the axial tilt and eccentricity, but how do we find the reverse? Note: I already ...
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Is the longitude assigned to sunspots spherical or projected?

Sunspot maps are created from a projection of the sun, so the coordinates of sunspots (or active regions in general) are assigned according to it. Do these coordinates correspond to actual spherical ...
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Plotting Galactic Longitude from 180 to -180

I made a scatter plot in Python that looks like this: However, I want galactic longitude, l, to be plotted from 180 to -180 like these graphs from Iorio and Belokurov (2019): Here is the ...
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Calculating the range of visible Right Ascension and Declination from specific location + time

Given a specific date and time, and coordination of a location on earth, how can I calculate (myself, or using a python package) range of visible RA and Dec? For example (but I'm looking for a ...
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Can you find your own location in space by measuring angles between stars?

Imagine you have 3 star points in 3D space A,B and C. From your unknown position P in space you can measure the angles APC, APB, BPC and you know coordinates of A,B and C and therefore the distances ...
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How to calculate the ground track of the Moon's position on the Earth's surface?

I would like to project the Moon's position on to the surface of the Earth, starting with its position expressed as Right Ascension in degrees. I know that the declination of the Moon corresponds to ...
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Finding angle between a given sky position and ecliptic pole

Given a right ascension in degrees and declination in degrees (say, 88 degrees RA, -63 degrees DEC) I want to find the angle between that location and the ecliptic pole (90 degrees RA, -66 degrees DEC....
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Where is the North of the Universe

Does it exist North of the Universe? (Which is probably used for determining coordinates of far galaxies.) If so, then where it is? On what is it aligned? (Is it orientated on Earth, Sun, Milky Way, ...
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Is this a black hole?

While researching about galaxies in Google sky, I came upon a strange area. Co-ordinates: 11h 6m 15.0 seconds | -77° 22' 9.8" A lot of space around this body is empty, is there a possibility that ...
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Transform asteroid rotation to heliocentric ecliptic coordinates

I'm working with data from the DAMIT database of asteroid shape models. I'm adding them to a visualization in which the sun is at [0, 0, 0] and the X, Y axes constitute the ecliptic plane of the ...
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Geographical Point of the Sun

I want to draw a Sun in a 3d scene, so I figured the easiest way would be to calculate the latitude and longitude of the point perpendicular to Sun position and then just move it "up". As a starting ...
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Star rising times in a different place given the latitude and time of one place

I don't know astronomy that well, but I am preparing for the second stage of IJSO, and here in India they do add some questions like these ones. A star is seen rising from Kolkata (23.5N 92 E) at 7 ...
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Issue translating World Coordinate system to cartesian coordinate

I have two fits images from the WFC3 that I am trying to combine with a C# program. When I try to combine multiple images I don't think the values I am getting for my x/y coordinates (calculated from ...
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Why do default coordinates from IR-optical observatories are usually not trustworthy, while from radio interferometers they usually are?

I have noticed in my experience that the coordinate solution within the headers of default reduced images from radio interferometers are commonly trustworthy to the arcsecond or less. From IR and ...
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What does it mean that the Sun`s rotation axis is: RA 286.13° , Dekl: 63.87°?

first post here. I found 1 related Question, which has not solved my Problem. SHORT QUESTIONs VERSION: Suns axis is 7,25° tilted from the ecliptic. But in which direction? LONG QUESTION: Nasa ...
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angles on the celestial sphere

This is a somewhat simplified, and drawn / formulated in a manner more targeted to astronomy, version of a diagram and a question that I've also posted in math.stackexchange.com. In the diagram below ...
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Calculate position of the Sun in ECEF

I'm making a very basic orbit simulator in C# using the Helix Toolkit. I want to position the Helix lighting object at the sun, but also be able to calculate solar eclipse by the moon and earth for a ...
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Clarification on Greenwich Sidereal Time (GST)

I know that LST = HA + RA. And GST is LST + longitude(L). If a star culminates, it's HA=0. Therefore, GST = RA + L. Since RA and L are constants, GST must also be a constant. So, how can GST be ...
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Code for getting the pixel coordinates of an object with known RA DEC not working

I’m working on a project of which one of its functions is determining the XY pixel coordinates of an object given the object RA DEC coordinates and a platesolved image (this assumes that the target is ...
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Need help with the calculations/conversion of a celestial object

I'm developing a telescope controller open-source application. I started this project with a very little knowledge of Astronomy. Basically, the app is going to send data to telescope over a wireless ...
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What are the RAs of the boundaries between traditional zodiacal signs?

I'm trying to figure out at what right ascension (RA) — not celestial longitude — the sun enters the various traditional (Western) astrological signs of the Zodiac; but I can't figure out how to ...
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Rotating azimuth/altitude to a focal point?

This is really a math question, but it's for use in astronomy, so: Because reasons, I'm writing my own sky-viewing code. I've found a few references for converting right ascension and declination to ...
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Differences between alt/az in Stellarium and Astropy

I've just started to learn Astropy. It's a nifty tool. Using some tutorials, I wrote and then made modifications to a little script that finds the Alt/Az of an object at a certain place and time. I ...
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Rising & Setting time of a star on a specific date

Given the local sidereal time (LST) of a star when it rises, how can I find out the time when it will rise (according to my watch) on a specific date?
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Calculation of RA and DEC

I'm currently stuck on a problem. I have the RA and DEC for JD2000: RA = 17 57 48.49980 DEC = + 04 41 36.1114 I want to calculate the RA and DEC for 01.01.2017, how can I do it? The solution ...
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Generate an uniform distribution on the sky between limits

I have an analog question of this one : Generate an uniform distribution on the sky I generate an uniform distribution on the sky, but just a patch of it, with $$\alpha_{min} \leq \alpha \leq \alpha_{...
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Position of specific stars in the sky as a function of time

I'm a beginner in astronomy and I'm trying to figure out how to model the positions of stars in the night sky mathematically (ie a function which spits out azimuth and altitude as a function of time). ...
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Direction of movement sun with respect to the NGP

When viewed from above, i.e., looking down from the North Galactic Pole towards the South Galactic Pole, does the sun rotate clockwise or counterclockwise around the Galactic center?
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How to convert from Cartesian J2000 coordinates to Cartesian Galactic coordinates?

I'm using a star database (the HYG database) which has xyz positions and velocities for the stars. This has +X towards the vernal equinox, +Z towards north celestial pole, +Y towards Right Ascension 6 ...
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Why are the spherical and cartesian galactic coordinates in the ATNF Pulsar Catalogue different?

I am trying to relate Galactic Latitude (b) and Longitude (l) (spherical coordinates) to galactic cartesian x,y,z coordinates in the ATNF pulsar catalog. This query shows some sample data with ...
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Convert Ecliptic to Galactic Coordinates

How to convert Ecliptic co-ordinates to Galactic? The wikipedia article on Celestial Coordinate systems contains various conversions, but this one is currently absent. For a more specific example: I ...