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Moon Position

version (17.9 MB) by Meysam Mahooti
Position of the Moon referred to the mean equator and equinox of J2000


Updated 26 Jan 2018

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Five different approaches are used in the test_MoonPos.m for the computation of lunar coordinates; NASA JPL Development Ephemerides (DE430), very accurate ELP2000-82, high-precision analytical series (Brown's theory), Simpson analytical method and low-precision analytical series.
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2. Montenbruck O., Pfleger T.; Astronomy on the Personal Computer; Springer Verlag, Heidelberg; 4th edition (2000).
3. Vallado D. A; Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications; McGraw-Hill; New York; 3rd edition(2007).
4. van Flandern T. C., Pulkkinen K. F.; Low precision formulae for planetary positions; Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 41, 391 (1979).

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Ephemeris Time (ET) is introduced as the best approximation of Barycentric Dynamical Time (TDB) and Terrestrial Time (TT) for prediction purposes. Moreover, very accurate ELP2000-82 lunar coordinates is computed.


Revised on 2016-12-17.

Description is updated.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2017b
Compatible with any release
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