# Questions tagged [positional-astronomy]

Questions about positions of objects in the sky, either relative to a fixed coordinate system like the equatorial and ecliptic coordinate systems, or relative to an observer's point of view.

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### Calculating the position of stars at a given point in time

Is there any particular methods that help us calculate the position of a star at a certain point in time? This question is what I am trying to achieve, but for me, I do not want to use the data ...
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### What is the meaning of integrated emission maps for these chemical species?

In the Astrobites article Spectral Line Survey Reveals New Molecules in Two Protoplanetary Disks integrated emission maps depict the spatial distribution of the flux received from each "line.&...
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### Where can I find planetary rotational axis direction?

I can find axial tilt of planets easily, but that doesn't specify the direction of that tilt, i.e. planet's rotation axis may be anywhere in circle defined on a sphere by axial tilt value. And I can't ...
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### Why is Earth at centre of Celestial Sphere?

Why do we consider Earth to be at the centre for Celestial Sphere ? If so, then how will Sun revolve around Earth ? Doesn't it mean its like the geocentric model ?
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### Straightforward derivation of the sunrise equation

I'm looking for a reasonably straightforward derivation of the sunrise equation$$\cos\omega=-\tan\phi\tan\delta$$as referenced in the Wikipedia article here. I've dipped into Astronomical Algorithms ...
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### consider you are stranded in deep space, and an alien agreed to drop you back home, how would you explain the location of earth in the galaxy? [closed]

remember they have no concept of what humans have named stars and clusters
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### Question on positional astronomy

I was preparing for an Astronomy Olympiad which has this question: On the evening of an autumnal equinox day Siddhant noticed that Mars was exactly along the north-south meridian in his sky at the ...
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### Calculating the position of the Sun

I'm reading the book "Practical Astronomy with your Calculator or Spreadsheet 4th Edition" implementing its formulas with C++. Now, I'm implementing formula 46 "Calculating the position ...
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### How precise are Saemundsson/Bennett refraction formulas?

I was trying to reproduce the predictions of the Bennett formula* by physically-based calculations with a model based on a real-life refractivity profile. My calculations based on Table V from ref. 1 ...
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### Best Books on Spherical Astronomy

I am preparing for an astronomy olympiad and a good amount of questions in the olympiad come from Spherical astronomy, some of the books ive tried reading were too hard to understand as this topic ...
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### How can you determine the date using nothing but a star chart from the day and the time?

I'm doing a science olympiad event called Reach for the Stars, and one question that I've encountered provides a star chart and time of day, and you must figure out what month of the year it is from. ...
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### Finding Observer Latitude/Longitude - In Simple Terms

I was wondering if someone could explain to me in simple terms how to determine the observer latitude/longitude at a given location. For instance, if an observer is positioned at Cleveland, Ohio, how ...
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### A comet orbits the Sun in the same plane as Earth's orbit

If the Earth around the Sun follows a practically circular orbit of radius equal to one astronomical unit, determine its orbital speed in astronomical units per year. If the Earth around the Sun ...
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### Could someone please explain to me how I can extract velocity component values from Stellarium, for a given planet?

For a project that I am currently working on, I would like to know how one could extract velocity component values ($v_x$, $v_y$ and $v_z$) for a planet from the Stellarium software. The current ...