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Questions about computer programs that assist modeling and observing the dynamics of astronomy.

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Search satellite locations on the sky by date and coordinates

I would like to know what satellites, asteroids, comets, etc passed through a certain coordinate or region on the sky at a certain date. I have found sites like NASA's HORIZONS, but this searches for ...
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Easy interactive visualization of orbital elements

To get a grip on orbital elements, I'd like to play with a ready interactive visualization like in Universe Sandbox. E.g. drag the inclination slider and see immediately what happens to the satellite ...
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MOOG 2019 and gfortran

I've been trying to install MOOG Nov2019 (utexas, Wiki) on my desktop running OpenSUSE 13.1. I have the SM and X11 library paths copied into the makefile, and I am 3-sigma confident that they are the ...
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Accurate catalogue of the Stars according to Hemisphere

I am in the need for an accurate catalogue of the stars in the Hemisphere I am currently in (or the one that I chose) and their positions at any time of the year. The more accurate the catalogue is, ...
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Software apps for calculating distances between planets

Are there somewhere any software apps for calculating distances between any planets in our solar system?
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Is there any synthetic spectrum software for neutron star?

Is there any software that can calculate the emergent spectrum of a neutron star photosphere, for Teff is about 1e7K, density is above 1e21-1e22 cm^-3 ? Output line wavelength is about 0-100A is ...
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Radiation and software reliability in outer space [closed]

We all know that dragon was written in c++ but what i struggle to understand is that if radiation in space can really mess with hardware and functionality and even have the capacity to change bits ...
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What are the most popular computer programming languages in observational astronomy?

I would like to work in the field of observational astronomy (not so much theoretical astronomy). I currently know two computer programming languages: C# and MATLAB. I have read that computer ...
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Where can I find a set of data of the initial conditions of our solar system?

As the title suggests, I'm in need of a set of data of our solar system. Similar to this http://bima.astro.umd.edu/nemo/archive/#iau25, but more specifically, the Dubinsky Milky Way-Andromeda data. I'...
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Tools for simulation of theoretical astronomical problems?

I tried looking around for open source tools that would allow me to run simulations and build on top of the code with my own need(mainly mathematical simulations, but 3D visuals would be a bonus.), ...
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Is there an online planetarium where the observer is on another celestial body?

I know about in-the-sky.org and its online planetarium feature, but that's from the Earth's perspective. Is there a planetarium (preferably online but if not, that's fine) where the observer is on ...
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Is this render of a ringed planet's shadow accurate?

I've noticed that when it's the equinox on this planet I'm making, the sun seems to cast a double shadow on the planet. How come the planet's ring seems to make two shadows with a space in between, ...
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GPU-based astronomical software for MacOS/AMD/OpenCL environment

I notice that most astronomical software that uses GPUs to accelerate computation makes use of Nvidia's CUDA toolkit. Are there established software packages that, instead, can be used on a modern Mac ...
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“Real time” Stellarium Scripting?

I'm getting into scripting in Stellarium, and it's fairly similar to the scripting language used in a real Planetarium I used to work in, which used DigitalSky2, if memory serves. In the Planetarium I ...
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Convert Stellarium video capture to 360 for youtube

I am wanting to capture video of Stellarium (I can already do this with CamStodio) and somehow convert this into a video usable for the YouTube 360 (or VR!) capability. Even if it can be converted ...
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Is looking through a telescope to do astronomy a thing of the past?

Do astronomers actually look through a telescope with the naked eye or do they mostly look the the data generated by telescopes on computers? Are they mostly working behind the computer and pencil ...
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Is science data from astronomical telescopes analyzed with something analogous to “optical character recognition”?

Do people manually input the science data from telescopes into databases or does some software automatically collect the data from telescopes and put it in servers and databases? I'd imagine there's ...
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How to install Distro Astro operating system?

I've recently started a project on Galaxy spectroscopy for which I had to use IRAF software. During the search for IRAF software, I came across a platform which said that Distro Astro is a very good ...
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Looking for Solar Analemma visualization with variable orbital elements for Earth

I've found some flash animations for the Solar Analemma where I could change parameters such as latitude of observer, and I could see the resulting effect on a 3D image. This is it: http://astro.unl....
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What information will SETI have access to from the SKA (Square kilometer array)

I read on on the website of the SKA (https://www.skatelescope.org/) that SETI will sort of have "passive" access to the data that they capture on the array, sort of like a "pigyback" concept and ...
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How (the heck) does Astrometry.net work?

What magic is this? This answer to my question Astronomy detective question: what part of the sky are these photos of? What are a few of the stars? nails it, and the output (linked there) contains ...
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On the consistency of different well-polished astronomy software

I have purchased a custom wedding band from a seller that claims the ring will show the constellations visible at the horizon on a specific date at a certain date and time. However, I have fired up ...
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How do I calculate Allan Variance (maybe for pulsars)?

I am studying pulsar timing this summer and have come across many Allan Deviation plots that include several popular clocks alongside pulsar measurements, like this one by N. Ashby and D.A. Howe: I ...
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Is there any free stacking program that stack images which are not aligned?

I liked to photo deep-sky-objects and planets with my camera Canon sx130. But I have never stacked images because they were too much apart. I was looking for some free astronomy stacking program for ...
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How do I download PSRCHIVE and Tempo2 for pulsar timing on Mac Mojave?

I am fairly new to pulsar astronomy, and I need to download PSRCHIVE and then Tempo2. I have followed the instructions online here: PulsarAstronomy.net I'm also pretty new to linux commands/Mac ...
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Covariance matrix not calculated when fitting gaussians?

So I am using Astropy's basic models.Gaussian1D model and a fitter = fitting.LevMarLSQfitter() to fit 3 Gaussian pulses with some added random noise. The fit is good, but when I type fitter.fit_info, ...
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Comparing accuracy in Starry Night and Alcyone Software

From what I understand, Starry night (https://starrynight.com/starry-night-7-professional-astronomy-telescope-control-software.html) is more focussed on simulating the night sky whereas Alcyone (...
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Stellarium script for sunrise times affected by topography

I customised my own landscape with stellarium, created my own horizon with the polyline setting like horizon_Geneve.txt file. Manually, I can increase/decrease time to see when the sun's upper limb ...
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Data reduction and photometry without IRAF?

The IRAF package is old. I've been looking around for a more modern software to replace it in the processes of CCD data reduction and photometry, but haven't been able to find any. The closest I've ...
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Is there any star recognition framework/library available?

Being a daytime software engineer and a sparetime photographer, I was looking for a nice DIY project for the next weeks. I finally decided to build a star tracker with a camera mount, so that I can ...
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Measure an angle in the sky from a photo?

Let's say I have an picture of the sky or of an landscape and I want to measure an angle in the celestial sphere. Is there any software for that? In real life I would use the empirical hand gestures ...
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What is a possible software for simulating binary star systems?

I would like to define both initial velocities and masses of components so that orbits may be either elliptical of hyperbolic. Is there any software to make such simulation? Unfortunately, Binary ...
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Measurement uncertainty of the computed center of gravity from pixel image

Establishing the position of celestial bodies (stars, and other objects) is based on imaging technology. Depending on the resolution of the imaging sensor used, an object is identified by a group of ...
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Why is the moon phase not in sync with the moon's illuminated fraction?

I am using the following R script to plot the moon phase and the moon's illuminated fraction: ...
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Stuck with SDSS data [closed]

I want to do project on astronomical dataset. Regarding that project, I try SDSS who give public dataset but it is quite complicated for me. I gone through public dataset and downloaded some .FITS ...
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Graphics packages for publishing [closed]

What are the most popular packages used to create graphs for astronomy journal papers? Looking at various journals, the styles of the graphs appear to be quite uniform but I can't identify the package(...
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SPH simulations

Are there any simulations that can be obtained that use smooth particle hydrodynamics and can be configured to include different initial conditions? I wish to simulate planetary collisions and their ...
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Instead of using flexible mirrors, could software be used for adaptive optics?

Telescopes that use adaptive optics now use flexible mirrors to adjust for distortions in the atmosphere. The mirrors are flexed in real time to account for the distortions. I am wondering if it ...
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Astronomy as a profession for moderately good software engineer [closed]

I'm a software engineer (a moderately good one). I like programming, mathematics and I love everything about astronomy. What would be best way to go ahead?
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Which is the shape of the sky?

I'm a software developer and I'm developing a planetarium and the first thing that I don't know is: What is the shape of the sky? First, I though that it is a semi-sphere, but searching on Internet I ...
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Obtaining deltaT for use in software

I'm currently developing a javascript application in which I want to calculate the approximate position of the sun. This works quite fine but requires the value for deltaT (TT-UT) to be set depending ...
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Is there a MATLAB equivalent of PyEphem?

Many people on the Astronomy stack exchange use the PyEphem package for the Python programmimg language to perform astronomical computations. Are the underlying numerical routines (from XEphem) ...
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How to specify SM libraries for MOOG

I am running MOOG on OS X Yosemite and with $MOOG running the abfind driver I can force fit elemental abundances with an appropriate input line list and model ...
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What programming languages does SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligences) most commonly use for signal processing?

Please give preference to those most widely used in the field, if possible.
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How to correctly create planetary orbits from kepler elements

I would like to build a gravity model (with 3D graphics) that would build the orbit of the planets based on orbital elements input and the gravity calculation for each element. My initial code is ...
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Observatory control software

I'm setting up an observatory and I'm wondering what user-facing software would be best to use in terms of hardware control. There is a German mount, dome, focuser, filter wheel, various switches etc. ...
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How to find which part of the sky a photo contains?

I was taking some photo stacks yesterday, and I also took a plenty of random ones (pointed not at a specific object) too at 200mm. However, I've ended with a shot but I have no idea where I pointed ...
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Open source alternative for RegiStar (align, rotate, and combine images into single frame)

I'm looking for a free, open-source and Linux compatible alternative to the RegiStar software. I need it to automatically combine several images into a single frame, where each individual image shows ...
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Notifier about visible ISS passes and/or Iridium flares for Ubuntu PC

I am trying to find application that would be capable of notifying me about visible ISS pases for specified location and/or visible Iridium flares for specified location. This software must be ...
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How to configure Celestia to work with a spherical mirror projection on a dome

I find hints around the web, e.g. http://www.cosmodome.net/mirrordome.php that Celestia can be projected on a dome using a spherical mirror projection configuration. The problem is that I can't find ...