Astronomical algorithms.

Type:
boek
Titel:
Astronomical algorithms.
Auteur:
Meeus, Jean
Jaar:
1998
Taal:
Engels
Uitgever:
Richmond : Willmann-Bell, 1998
Paginering:
IV, 477 p. : ill.
Plaatsnummer:
GKG.LWB.521 MEEU 98 (Graaf Karel de Goedelaan Kortrijk)
ISBN:
0943396611
Onderwerp:
Astronomie
Toegepaste wiskunde
Samenvatting:
Samenvatting:In the field of celestial calculations, Jean Meeus has enjoyed wideacclaim and respect since long before microcomputers and pocketcalculators appeared on the market. When he brought out his AstronomicalFormulae for Calculators in 1979, it was practically the only book of itsgenre. It quickly became the "source among sources," even for otherwriters in the field. Many of them have warmly acknowledged their debt(or should have), citing the unparalleled clarity of his instructions andthe rigor of his methods.And now this Belgian astronomer has outdone himself yet again! Virtuallyevery previous handbook on celestial calculations (including his ownearlier work) was forced to rely on formulae for the Sun, Moon, andplanets that were developed in the last century - or at least before1920. The past 10 years, however, have seen a stunning revolution in howthe world's major observatories produce their almanacs. The JetPropulsion Laboratory in California and the U.S. Naval Observatory inWashington, D.C., have perfected powerful new machine methods formodeling the motions and interactions of bodies within the solar system.At the same time in Paris, the Bureau des Longitudes has been a beehiveof activity aimed at describing these motions analytically, in the formof explicit equations.Yet until now the fruits of this exciting work have remained mostly outof reach of ordinary people. The details have existed mainly on reels ofmagnetic tape in a form comprehensible only to the largest brains, humanor electronic. But Astronomical Algorithms changes all that. With hisspecial knack for computations of all sorts, the author has made theessentials of these modern techniques available to us all.The second edition contains new chapters about the Jewish and MoslemCalendars, and on the satellites of Saturn, and a new Appendix givingexpressions (polynomials) for the heliocentric coordinates of the giantplanets Jupiter to Neptune from 1998 to 2025.
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