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This page documents the planet function of Python module analysisUtils.

This function returns the apparent position and angular size of any Solar System body for the specified date from the specified observatory. By default, it contacts the JPL Horizons telnet server to get apparent angular size, position and rate (in the J2000 reference frame) of any Solar System body. If the date and time is not specified, today's date is assumed at 0:00 UT. If the time is not specified, 0:00 UT is assumed. If the observatory is not specified, ALMA is assumed. In case an internet connection is not available, there is an option to instead query the casa ephemerides (useJPL=False). However, the reported values will be less accurate due to the need to interpolate from a coarser grid.


Usage: au.planet(solarSystemBody="", date="", observatory='ALMA', verbose=False, help=False, beam="",

                useJPL=True, standard='Butler-JPL-Horizons 2010')
body: string name of Solar system body
date: one possible format of the date string is: '2011-10-31 11:59:59'
or simply '2011-10-31' for 0:00 UT. A list of allowed formats for date
is at:
useJPL: if False, first try the casa ephemerides. Note that the casa tables
are quantized to one day, and can be in error by many arcminutes. If the
casa tables fail for any reason, it will automatically revert to using
JPL's server. It may require a few seconds to reach the JPL server.
observatory: Observatories can be specifed by JPL ID string, or by the
following names:
'VLA' (which will be converted to = '-5')
'ALMA' (which will be converted to = '-7')
'GBT' (which will be converted to = '-9')
'MAUNAKEA' (which will be converted to = '-80')
'OVRO' (which will be converted to = '-81')
 beam:  If a beam size is included (in arcsec), the expected FWHM will be
   computed using scipy.signal.convolve() of a Gaussian with a uniform disk.

The return values are apparent values as seen from the specified observatory: The dictionary returned is:

 data['angularDiameter'] (in arc seconds)
 data['rateRadiansPerSecond'] (only present if useJPL=True)


CASA <7>: au.planet('Titan','2012-04-01','EVLA')
Using observatory: VLA = -5
Assuming 0 hours UT
MJD= 56018.00000, MJDseconds = 4839955200.0
Confirmed Observatory name =  VLA
Confirmed Target ID = 606 = Titan
J2000 Position: 13:44:49.19, -007:52:27.645, rate: -11.9723, 3.3884 arcsec/hr
Angular diameter = 0.811703 arcsec
{'angularDiameter': 0.81170299999999995,
 'directionRadians': [3.5989557494879238, -0.13743326065058692],
 'rateRadiansPerSecond': [-1.6123152317632495e-08, 4.5631673694531841e-09]}

CASA <10>: au.planet('Moon','2012-04-01 12:55')
MJD= 56018.53819, MJDseconds = 4840001700.0
Confirmed Observatory name =  ALMA
Confirmed Target ID = 301 = Moon
J2000 Position: 08:14:33.97, +015:40:16.537, rate: 2648.9190, -473.5570 arcsec/hr
Angular diameter = 1831.355000 arcsec
{'angularDiameter': 1831.355,
 'directionRadians': [2.1579522287809869, 0.27351509191740353],
 'rateRadiansPerSecond': [3.5673115870860856e-06, -6.3774142329219044e-07]}