Questions tagged [software]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Uncertainty in the FWHM (IRAF)

I measured the FWHM (Full Width at Half Maximum) of several emission lines using SPLOT in IRAF, and now need to calculate the uncertainty. How can I do that?
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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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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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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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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....