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Montenbruck - Lightweight Ephemeris


Library of astronomical calculations, based mainly on "Astronomy On The Personal Computer" by O.Montenbruck and T.Phleger, Fourth Edition, Springer-Verlag, 2000.

There are many astronomical libraries available in the public domain. While giving accurate results, they often suffer from lack of convenient API, documentation and maintainability. Most of the source code is written in C, C++ or Java, and not dynamic languages. So, it is not easy for a layman to customize them for her custom application, be it an online lunar calendar, or tool for amateur sky observations. This library is an attempt to find a middle-ground between precision on the one hand and compact, well organized code on the other.


As authors of the book state, they have tried to obtain an accuracy that is approximately the same as that found in astronomical yearbooks.

"The errors in the fundamental routines for determining the coordinates of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets amount to about 1″-3″."

-- Introduction to the 4-th edition, p.2.


The project is also hosted on Github. Please, visit https://github.com/skrushinsky/astro-montenbruck


Sergey Krushinsky, <krushi at cpan.org>


Copyright (C) 2010-2021 by Sergey Krushinsky

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.