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Astronomy on the Personal Computer (Fourth Edition) (Hardback) [Oliver Montenbruck and Thomas Pfleger - 2002]
978-3540672210
Oliver Montenbruck and Thomas Pfleger
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300 pgs, 2002 Springer/Verlag
ISBN 978-3540672210

Thanks to the power of modern home computers, the analysis of observations that used to take astronomers hours now takes only a few seconds. The software included with this book assists the reader in performing the calculations described in the chapters. This third edition of Astronomy on the Personal Computer has a new chapter on incorporating gravitational perturbations into calculating ephemerides, for which the NUMINT program will be a valuable tool. A second new chapter provides a method for calculating the major planets' ephemeredes, and additional changes have been made to calculations of planets' rising and setting times and for predicting eclipses.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Introduction
    2. Coordinate Systems
    3. Calculation of Rising and Setting Times
    4. Cometary Orbits
    5. Special Perturbations
    6. Planetary Orbits
    7. Physical Ephemeredes of the Planets
    8. The Orbit of the Moon
    9. Solar Eclipses
    10. Stellar Occultations
    11. Orbit Determination
    12. Astrometry
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