Mathematica for Amateur Astronomers
Wolfram Research, Inc.
The calculating powers of Mathematica have been turned skyward with Scientific
Astronomer, a unique software package that allows users to determine which
constellations, planets, galaxies, and comets are visible from their location--pinpointing
when and where to look for them. Extensive two- and three-dimensional graphic capabilities
enable detailed charting of anything from regional star charts and planispheres to
three-dimensional planetary views and eclipse track plots. The package determines optimal
dates for the best naked-eye view of specific objects--including stars, low-orbit
satellites, and asteroids. Scientific Astronomer covers four main areas of astronomy, including functions for
star charting, planet plotting, eclipse predicting, and satellite tracking. There are, of
course, a large number of other functions and features in the package. The talk gives an overview of the package and then focuses on a particular application.