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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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How to draw an orbit from Orbital Elements using Transform3DGroup

I am trying to draw an orbit using the Transform3DGroup class in the C# .NET framework. I have orbital elements a, e, i, RAAN, ArgPer, trueAnom. The algorithm that spits these out for me also gives me ...
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How to compare the observation with the theoretically predicted result?

On the Wikipedia Article on “Geodesics in general relativity”, it says the following: “Thus, for example, the path of a planet orbiting a star is the projection of a geodesic of the curved 4-D ...
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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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Does Celestia respect 'setframe' coordinate systems?

Through trial and error (see script below that summarizes what I've found), I've learned Celestia's coordinate system appears to be: The x axis points to the vernal equinox The y axis points to the ...
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ECEF to ECI conversion

How to perform the conversion of (r,v) vector from ECEF to ECI (J2000) coordinate frame? What I tried I multiplied the matrix ([cosA -sinA 0] [sinA cosA 0] [0 0 1]) by the state vector, where A is ...
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How does the ITRS frame related to ECEF frame?

How does the International Terrestrial Reference frame related to the Earth-centered, Earth-fixed frame, as both of them rotate with the Earth?
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Reference frames in relativity?

I've recently been introduced to relativistic celestial Reference Systems (RS) such as the Geocentric Celestial Reference System (GCRS) and Barycentric Celestial Reference Systems (BCRS). So, for ...
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What are the reasons for referring to equinox J2000 or the equinox of the date?

(Background: Trying to learn something about the mathematical and computational part of astronomy I have acquired a copy of Meeus' "Astronomical Algorithms" and implemented the material up to Chapter ...
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Which rotational frame does the universe prefer?

Which rotational frame does the universe prefer? We say that the earth rotates once per 24 hours. But is this the master frame? What is the solution to Newtons Bucket Problem? I would like if the ...
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What's the difference between GSR and Grf

I note there are two terms about Galactic rest frame in literatures: Galactic Standard of Rest (GSR) and Galactic Rest Frame (Grf). Are they the same frame? If not, what's the difference?
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Has celestial navigation been materially impacted by the imperfect nature of celestial reference frames over time?

In this video on inertial reference frames, it is mentioned that the stars are humanity's best inertial reference frame: the earth experiences a subtle acceleration relative to the sun due to the ...