ASTRONOMICAL COMPUTING
xx ASTRONOMY
xx COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
xx MATHEMATICS
Astronomical computer program, written in BASIC, is used to calculate local siderial time, altitude/azimuth, right ascension and declination. ASTRONOMY Jun 1983 (v.11#6) pg. 48
Amateur astronomy and the home computer. What a computer can (and can't) do for the amateur astronomer. ASTRONOMY Aug 1983 (v.11#8) pg. 75
Computer program calculates the time of sunrise, sunset, and twilight (astronomical, nautical, and civil) to within 1 or 2 minutes during the second half of 20th century. Written in BASIC. ASTRONOMY Apr 1984 (v.12#4) pg. 75
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jul 1984 (v.12#7) pg. 32
The coming of epoch 2000. Computer program transforms celestial coordinates from one epoch into those of another. Written in Microsoft BASIC. ASTRONOMY Aug 1984 (v.12#8) pg. 74
Correction ASTRONOMY Jan 1985 (v.13#1) pg. 33
Computing the ephemeris of comet Halley. A computer program written in BASIC, computes the right ascension and declination, its distance from both the sun and earth, and an estimate of its magnitude for any date between 1946 and 2026. ASTRONOMY Feb 1985 (v.13#2) pg. 75
Added Info ASTRONOMY Mar 1985 (v.13#3) pg. 33
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jun 1985 (v.13#6) pg. 32
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jul 1985 (v.13#7) pg. 32
Correction ASTRONOMY Aug 1985 (v.13#8) pg. 33
How to plot star maps on your computer. Includes a program written in BASIC. ASTRONOMY Aug 1985 (v.13#8) pg. 66
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jan 1988 (v.16#1) pg. 38
Eclipse predictions on your computer. A computer program, written in BASIC, to predict both solar and lunar eclipes, calculates their circumstances, and prints the data. ASTRONOMY Nov 1986 (v.14#11) pg. 67
Correction ASTRONOMY Apr 1987 (v.15#4) pg. 36
What time is it? Two methods for telling sidereal time. (1) Computer program (written in BASIC) to calculate sidereal time. (2) Schematic for a 60.16428Hz oscillator which converts an ordinary digital clock to operate on sidereal time with an accuracy of 5 seconds per year. ASTRONOMY Feb 1987 (v.15#2) pg. 38
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jun 1987 (v.15#6) pg. 35
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jul 1987 (v.15#7) pg. 32
Computer simulation of the motion of a cluster of stars under the influence of gravity. The program is written in BASIC. ASTRONOMY Sep 1987 (v.15#9) pg. 63
Added Info ASTRONOMY Oct 1988 (v.16#10) pg. 8
Galactic collisions on your computer. Create bridges, rings, and whirlpools through the gravitational interactions of colliding galaxies. Includes a simulation program written in BASIC. ASTRONOMY Dec 1988 (v.16#12) pg. 90
1994 astronomical computer software buyer's guide. ASTRONOMY May 1994 (v.22#5) pg. 55
Blasting along the infobahn. Guide to astronomical information available on the Internet computer network. ASTRONOMY Jun 1995 (v.23#6) pg. 75
Added Info ASTRONOMY Dec 1995 (v.23#12) pg. 14
Students in cyberspace. Guide to astronomicalrelated educational resources available via the Internet computer network. ASTRONOMY Oct 1995 (v.23#10) pg. 49
A simulated view of the galaxy. Using a microcomputer to "view" constellations from other parts of the galaxy, and related uses. BYTE Apr 1979 (v.4#4) pg. 66
Constellation I: An astronomical program displays ten of the most wellknown constellations on your video screen and gives a multiple choice test. Used for teaching. Written in BASIC. BYTE Mar 1981 (v.6#3) pg. 333
Computer program in BASIC computes the time of sunrise and sunset, as well as the total solar energy incident on the top of the atmosphere for a given latitute and longitude. BYTE Jul 1981 (v.6#7) pg. 94
Computing telescope parameters with the OSI Superboard II computer. BASIC program to compute the optical paramaters (F number, eye relief, Ramsden disk diameter, etc.) for a Newtonian telescope. BYTE Mar 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 450
Understanding the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) digitaldata file format used to exchange astronomical data. CCD ASTRONOMY Fall 1995 (v.2#4) pg. 14
Added Info CCD ASTRONOMY Winter 1996 (v.3#1) pg. 4
Tip on adding a red filter to the screen of a laptop computer used in astronomy. CCD ASTRONOMY Winter 1996 (v.3#1) pg. 5
Computer program in BASIC calculates the exact positon of the moon. Gives azimuth and elevation coordinates, Greenwich hour angle, declination, and right ascension. Useful for aiming radio antennas for signal bouncing. CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Jul 1984 (v.40#7) pg. 28
How to find true North in order to properly orient a radio antenna, or for some other reason. Includes a BASIC computer program to tabulate the time of meridian passage for a full year. CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL May 1986 (v.42#5) pg. 29
Added Info CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.42#10) pg. 6
Tracking the planets with a computer. MBASIC program calculates planetary coordinates. KILOBAUD MICROCOMPUTING #51 Mar 1981 (v.5#3) pg. 130
Correction KILOBAUD MICROCOMPUTING #55 Jul 1981 (v.5#7) pg. 215
Electronic orrery. Simulate planetary motion in the solar system using highresolution graphics on the Apple II computer. Program written in BASIC. KILOBAUD MICROCOMPUTING #55 Jul 1981 (v.5#7) pg. 150
Orrery computer program is written in Apple Pascal. It is used to show the relative positions and motions of the members of the solar system. KILOBAUD MICROCOMPUTING Feb 1982 (v.6#2) pg. 72
Algorithm of the Gods. Simulating nature's methods of organizing and creating on a computer. A procedure for implementing the simulated annealing algorithm on a computer. This algorithm mimics nature to solve complex problems, such as arranging the order of galaxies to observe in such a way that the telescope is moved as little as possible throughout the observing session. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Mar 1997 (v.276#3) pg. 121
Aids for the calculating amateur astronomer. A brief review of electronic calculators and books which will aid the amateur in making mathematical calculations for astronomical purposes. SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1979 (v.58#1) pg. 25
More publications bearing on astronomical calculation. Useful for amateur astronomers using calculators and computers to calculate astronomical information. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1980 (v.59#5) pg. 381
Astronomical image processing with an Apple II computer. Photos are scanned, digitized and stored using a homemade motorized scanner. Complete instructions are NOT provided. SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1984 (v.67#2) pg. 177
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE May 1984 (v.67#5) pg. 455
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE May 1985 (v.69#5) pg. 449
Astronomical computing. (1) Summing stellar magnitudes. (2) Lagrange interpolation. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1984 (v.67#4) pg. 358
Correction SKY & TELESCOPE May 1984 (v.67#5) pg. 455
Astronomical computing. (1) Greenwich mean sidereal time. (2) Altitude and azimuth. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1984 (v.67#6) pg. 558
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1986 (v.72#1) pg. 70
Astronomical computing. BASIC program calculates how many days a comet can remain inside the Earth's orbit. SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1984 (v.68#1) pg. 62
Astronomical computing. Calculating the angular separation of one star or planet from another. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1984 (v.68#2) pg. 159
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1985 (v.69#2) pg. 158
Astronomical computing. Program to determine the total amount of sunshine (in hours and minutes) between (and including) two dates. SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1984 (v.68#3) pg. 254
Astronomical computing. Program plots globular cluster distribution in the Milky Way galaxy by taking threedimensional information and projecting it into two dimensions. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1984 (v.68#6) pg. 555
Astronomical computing. A BASIC program to calculate the height of mountains and craters on the moon. SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1985 (v.69#1) pg. 62
Astronomical computing. A BASIC routine converts photoelectric meter readings to stellar magnitudes. SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1985 (v.69#2) pg. 158
Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, gives successive dates when the moon is new or full. It is based on the formula of astronomer Jean Meeus. SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1985 (v.69#3) pg. 254
Astronomical computing. A computer program to calculate shutter speeds for astrophotography. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1985 (v.69#6) pg. 544
Astronomical computing. Computer program, written in BASIC, calculates the dispersion of light through a glass prism. The program fits the Hartmann formula to three lines of known wavelength. SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1985 (v.69#6) pg. 545
Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, solves Kepler's equation. This program overcomes the eccentricity problem which causes other programs to get caught in an endless computational loop. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1985 (v.70#2) pg. 158
Astronomical computing. Predicting heliacal risings and settings of stars using this BASIC program. SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1985 (v.70#3) pg. 261
Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, finds the saros number to which any solar eclipse belongs when you enter its Julian Day number. SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1985 (v.70#4) pg. 366
Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, calculates the rectangular coordinates of the sun based on the 1950.0 equinox. SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1985 (v.70#5) pg. 470
Astronomical computing. Computing a comet ephemeris using this program written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1985 (v.70#6) pg. 590
Astronomical computing. Tracking tolerances in astrophotography. Computer program, written in BASIC, will tell you the longest possible exposure time before trailing becomes noticeable. Works with various combinations of camera mounts and celestial objects. SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1986 (v.71#2) pg. 190
Astronomical computing. Making your own globular cluster. Computer program, written in BASIC, uses random numbers and graphics to simulate a typical globular cluster of stars. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1986 (v.71#4) pg. 398
Correction SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1986 (v.72#1) pg. 70
Astronomical computing. Tracking artificial satellites on your home computer. Some tips and sources of available software. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1986 (v.71#5) pg. 501
Astronomical computing. BASIC program to measure your personal reaction time. This is important to know when recording lunar occultation timings. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1986 (v.72#2) pg. 174
Astronomical computing. Surface brightness as a clue to visibility. Computer program, written in BASIC, to calculate surface brightness of deepsky objects based on the total magnitude. SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1986 (v.72#4) pg. 392
Astronomical computing. Computer program, written in BASIC, to calculate the obscured area of the sun during a partial eclipse. SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1986 (v.72#5) pg. 515
Astronomical computing. Computer program simulates the flight path of a meteor and calculates how big it was before hitting the Earth's atmosphere. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1987 (v.73#1) pg. 83
Correction SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1987 (v.73#2) pg. 197
Astronomical computing. Computer program calculates the daily ephemeris of a comet by interpolation. Written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1987 (v.73#2) pg. 196
Astronomical computing. Astronomical software benchmarks. A look at the relative speeds of some computer languages and hardware that are commonly available to the amateur astronomer. SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1987 (v.73#3) pg. 309
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1987 (v.73#6) pg. 646
Astronomical computing. Extinction angles and megaliths. BASIC program calculates the extension angle (zenith distance) for any object if you know the visual magnitude of the star or planet, the faintest star that the observer can see at zenith, and the visual extinction coefficient. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1987 (v.73#4) pg. 426
Astronomical computing. More on Kepler's equation. BASIC program calculates a comet's location in nearparabolic orbits. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1987 (v.73#5) pg. 535
Programming your computer's realtime clock to keep track of the moon's phase. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1987 (v.73#5) pg. 536
Astronomical computing. Computer program illustrates how a star image will appear depending on the kind of obstructions found in the light path (apodizing mask, spider vanes, etc.). SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1987 (v.74#3) pg. 294
Astronomical computing. Fun with stereographic projections. Using a personal computer to convert angular coordinates on the sky to rectangular xy values for stereographic plotting on a flat chart. Includes a BASIC program. SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1987 (v.74#4) pg. 407
Astronomical computing. The tide at Tarawa. Computer program, written in BASIC, calculates lunar perigee and apogee. This information, along with harmonic analysis, is used to reconstruct the odd tidal pattern that occured during the World War 2 battle at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 20, 1943. SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1987 (v.74#5) pg. 526
Computer simulation of the "mountain shadows" phenomenon. This optical illusion is caused by the shadow of a mountain being cast onto the haze in the atmosphere, forming a symmetric cone with fairly sharp edges. Includes a computer program written in BASIC. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1988 (v.75#4) pg. 416
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1988 (v.76#1) pg. 71
Computer program, written in BASIC, predicts lunar eclipses of all types, both past and future. SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1988 (v.75#6) pg. 640
Doityourself image processing for the amateur astronomer. An introduction to digital image processing using personal computers and CCD cameras. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1988 (v.76#2) pg. 142, 184
Rhythms of a variable star. Computer program, written in BASIC, uses Fourier transforms to calculate the period of a variable star. SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1988 (v.76#3) pg. 288
Computer program, written in BASIC, represents a decimal value as a "continued fraction." An explanation of continued fractions and their application to astronomy. SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1989 (v.77#1) pg. 80
Computer program, written in BASIC, calculates the correct position of a star after correcting for atmospheric refraction. SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1989 (v.77#3) pg. 311
Help for staratlas fumblers. A computer program, written in BASIC, will display the chart numbers in Wil Tiron's SKY ATLAS 2000.0 and in the twovolume URANOMETRIA 2000.0 that best shows a specific right ascension and declination. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1989 (v.77#4) pg. 420
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1989 (v.78#3) pg. 298
Computer program, written in BASIC, computes the "space motion" for any star. After inputting six variables, the program will generate the right ascension, declination, distance, and magnitude of the star at any desired time in the past or future. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1989 (v.77#5) pg. 531
Computer program, written in BASIC, will display the paths of the four bright moons of Jupiter for an eightday period starting at any desired date. SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1989 (v.77#6) pg. 650
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1989 (v.78#3) pg. 299
Correction SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1989 (v.78#6) pg. 641
Computer program, written in BASIC, will calculate moonrise or moonset on a given date. SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1989 (v.78#1) pg. 78
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1989 (v.78#3) pg. 299
Computer program, written in BASIC, illustrates the onset of "chaos" in simple mathematical expressions. This sudden transition from order to chaos is a common phenomenon in nature. Included in an article on the chaotic solar system. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1989 (v.78#2) pg. 139
Computer program, written in BASIC, to explore trends in meteorshower dates. Lists the month and day of peak activity for up to nine wellknown showers for any desired year. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1989 (v.78#2) pg. 195
Your telescope's limiting magnitude. A look at the three parameters (aperture, magnification, and darkness) which have the biggest effect on the limiting magnitude. Includes a computer program, written in BASIC, which calculates the limits for any telescope. SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1989 (v.78#5) pg. 522
Computer program, written in BASIC, calculates the longitude of Jupiter's central meridian for any date and time of observation. SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1989 (v.78#6) pg. 640
Making toy galaxies. BASIC program to draw spiral galaxies on the screen of a computer. SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1990 (v.80#6) pg. 654
GWBasic computer program to print an index to Sky Publishing's NGC 2000.0 star chart diskette. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1991 (v.82#2) pg. 182
Computer program which factors the precession effect into the published coordinates of a star. SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1991 (v.82#4) pg. 408
Savage Benchmark program written in GW Basic exercises a computer's ability to handle floatingpoint arithmetic and transcendental functions. It is a good indicator of how suitable the machine is for astronomical calculations. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1992 (v.83#5) pg. 558
A star's visibility just before occultation by the Moon is calculated by this Basic computer program. This will determine the smallest telescope needed to visually observe the occultation. SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1993 (v.85#1) pg. 89
Astronomical computing. Computer program (written in BASIC) uses the Poisson distribution formula to determine the probability of various astronomical events (sporadic meteors, fireballs, bright novae, etc.). SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1995 (v.89#6) pg. 86
Astronomy on the Internet. An overview of what is available. SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1995 (v.90#2) pg. 21
Astronomical computing. BASIC computer program to calculate relativistic precession involving the binary pulsar PSR 1913+16. SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1995 (v.90#4) pg. 86
Compute the age of the universe by numerically integrating Aleksandr Friedmann's equation governing the dynamics of expanding matterfilled universes. Computer program written in BASIC is included. SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1996 (v.91#1) pg. 92
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE May 1996 (v.91#5) pg. 8
A black hole user's guide. A computer program (written in BASIC) is used to determine the mass of a black hole (or any other object) from a probe orbiting it, and for exploring tidal forces. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1996 (v.91#5) pg. 92
Astronomical computing. Understanding the limitations of astronomical databases (catalogs) which simulate deepsky objects on computers. SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1997 (v.93#4) pg. 91
Astronomical computing. Looking back cosmologically. A BASIC computer program to calculate the age and distance of a farflung galaxy from only two input quantities. SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1997 (v.94#3) pg. 59
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 2001 (v.102#2) pg. 62 (Updated program in light of new information)
Visual limiting magnitude computer program (written in BASIC) calculates the sky brightness under any clear conditions for any optical filter. SKY & TELESCOPE May 1998 (v.95#5) pg. 57
Computer program (written in BASIC) reveals the volume and page number within the "Millennium Star Atlas" where a given star or deepsky object can be found (based on inputting the coordinates). SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1998 (v.96#4) pg. 63
Scripting, a programming alternative. How to use ECMAScript (a generalpurpose interpreted programming language) which is embedded within the hypertext markup language (HTML) of a Web browser as an alternative to BASIC programs. SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 2000 (v.99#3) pg. 72
