solar and stellar observations for position and azimuth determination

Jesperson, J., and J. Fitz-Randolph (1977), "From Sundials to Atomic Clocks," National Bureau of Standards Monograph 155, December. MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0060','',3,[[39,12,3,-1,-1],[53,15,4,-1,-1],[68,18,4,-1,-1],[59,17,5,-1,-1],[81,20,4,-1,-1],[101,27,7,-1,-1],[169,46,11,-2,-2]]) MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0056','',3,[[9,9,3,-1,-1],[11,11,4,-1,-1],[17,14,5,-1,-1],[13,14,5,-1,-1],[16,17,6,-1,-1],[25,22,8,-1,-1],[42,36,13,-2,-2]]) , we have, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0045','',3,[[267,14,4,-1,-1],[354,20,5,-1,-1],[448,23,7,-1,-1],[399,22,7,-1,-1],[535,29,8,-1,-1],[671,35,11,-1,-1],[1118,59,18,-2,-2]]) MPEquation() (3.32). The earth spins at an irregular rate around its axis of rotation. See (Blaise 2000) for an interesting story about how this unification developed. and the compass direction of the sun at sunrise and sunset.....On the summer                      MPEquation() This difference is called the equation of time (. Arguments for the cosine and sine functions are in degrees.   l0-3, MPSetChAttrs('ch0015','ch2',[[7,1,-2,1,0],[8,1,-3,0,0],[10,2,-4,0,0],[],[],[],[25,4,-10,0,0]]) Since the earth rotates through 360 degrees of longitude every 24 hours, the ship then has traveled 1 degree of longitude away from the Prime Meridian (which passes through Greenwich) for every 4 minutes of time difference. . Revolution of a Binary Star: This figure shows seven observations of the mutual revolution of two stars, one a brown dwarf and one an ultra-cool L dwarf. In the summer, the center of the disc is above the observer, giving rise to more hours of daylight and higher solar altitude angles, with the sun appearing in the northern part of the sky in the mornings and afternoons. Shown, right, is a diagram in Tycho Brahe's 1573 book, "De Nova Stella", showing the position of the 1572 (super) nova with respect to the bright stars in the constellation Cassiopea. These may be written in terms of solar altitude and azimuth as, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0034','',3,[[73,49,22,-1,-1],[97,64,29,-1,-1],[123,80,36,-1,-1],[108,72,32,-1,-1],[147,97,43,-1,-1],[182,121,54,-1,-1],[305,200,89,-2,-2]]) A detailed discussion of this and other time definitions is contained in another work (Anonymous, 1981, Section B). pointing toward the North Star (Polaris). The problem here is to define the length and direction of the shadow cast by the pole. MPEquation(). with the day number, N being the number of days since January 1. Solving for the solar altitude angle An expression to calculate the hour angle from solar time is, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0007','',3,[[162,14,4,-1,-1],[214,18,5,-1,-1],[271,23,7,-1,-1],[242,21,7,-1,-1],[321,27,8,-1,-1],[405,34,11,-1,-1],[675,59,18,-2,-2]]) The solar azimuth angle is the azimuth angle of the Sun's position. Stellar rotation periods can be determined by observing brightness variations caused by active magnetic regions transiting visible stellar disk as the star rotates. Once developed, the sun position expressions of this chapter are used to demonstrate how to determine the location of shadows and the design of simple sundials. MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0044','',3,[[17,14,4,-1,-1],[20,18,5,-1,-1],[28,23,7,-1,-1],[23,21,7,-1,-1],[33,27,8,-1,-1],[41,34,11,-1,-1],[68,59,18,-2,-2]]) US���|�c㚩�$8n�m���+��~�tcZ6�m� ��ﻣa�3/�)�'T��M|���RN��� Move­ment of quas­ars is ac­tu­ally the move­ment of Solar Sys­tem More accurately, the apparent stellar streams include the information about the motion of the stars and the Solar System about the center of the Milky Way. Using matrix algebra will do this. MPEquation() (3.20), The distance XY can be found by geometry arguments. MPInlineChar(0) In outline form, our development looks like this: Although many intermediate steps of derivation used to obtain the equations described in this chapter have been omitted, it is hoped that there are adequate comments between steps to encourage the student to perform the derivation, thereby enhancing understanding of the materials presented. MPEquation() The position of the sun relative to these coordinates can be described by two angles; the solar altitude angle and the solar zenith angle defined below. ,   In making a horizontal sundial, it is traditional to incorporate a wise saying about time or the sun, on the sundial card. In order to remedy for this situation, for evening observa-tions, we marked the azimuth and the height at which appearance of a star was expected.                      For Equation (3.15), a test must be made to determine whether the solar azimuth is north or south of the east-west line. l0-3, MPSetChAttrs('ch0017','ch2',[[7,1,-2,1,0],[8,1,-3,0,0],[10,2,-4,0,0],[],[],[],[25,4,-10,0,0]]) This was carried out in a series of observations MPEquation() (3.19). We measure the passage of time by measuring the rotation of the earth about its axis. The Gaia quasar observations allow for the determination of the acceleration related to this orbital motion. This will eliminate the need to depend on charts and tables and simplified equations.                      Brief notes on the transformation of vector coordinates are included as Section 3.5 and a summary of sign conventions for all of the angles used in this chapter is given in Table 3.3 at the end of this chapter. Often the solar designer will want to predict the time and location of sunrise and sunset, the length of day, and the maximum solar altitude. value assigned to the Azimuth of the reference mark used in the absolute determinations of Magnetic Declination, it was decided to make are-determination from stellar observations' with a transit theodolite mounted on the observation pillar in the Magnetic Hut. While some technologies such as GPS have made azimuth determination from observing celestial bodies less common, others such as electronic theodolites with powerful onboard computers and timing devices have made solar and stellar observations more convenient and accurate. (3.17). X�+Bpwpi%�a��dJ+%�T�I�LO�o��xx�o��'��+v��O0�=Y��8Y��8���Z�O���`��Ӥ�y�wU��Ql6�|6f|�,͇Y��/��͈)S��֟��L�鐽E����=�%�p4����Q�L��0���I Using Figure 3.6 as a guide, define a unit direction vector, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0033','',3,[[85,12,3,-1,-1],[112,15,4,-1,-1],[142,18,5,-1,-1],[127,17,5,-1,-1],[170,22,6,-1,-1],[210,28,8,-1,-1],[354,48,13,-2,-2]]) More accurately, the apparent stellar streams include the information about the motion of the stars and the Solar System about the center of the Milky Way.                                           Anonymous (1981), "The Astronomical Almanac for the Year 1981," issued by the Nautical Almanac Office of the United States Naval Observatory. sunset of 107.68 degrees. Figure 3.13 below shows a simple horizontal sundial with the important angles defined. MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0014','',3,[[232,26,9,-1,-1],[308,34,13,-1,-1],[386,42,16,-1,-1],[346,38,14,-1,-1],[463,50,19,-1,-1],[580,62,23,-1,-1],[967,103,39,-2,-2]]) MPEquation() All of these events occur at either the summer or winter solstices. Movement of quasars is actually the movement of Solar System. Two methods for calculating the solar azimuth (A), including the appropriate tests, are given by the following equations. the date) along with the location of the point causing the shadow. �_s�"!/VN���(�o�[ep����e����+/�Y��FŮtY��B-�%c���^����ד��izEu2��q�,0p�iF��P�J�Y�� angle of 60.94 degrees (north of east) and sets at an azimuth angle of 299.06 Keywords: Orbit determination, geometric singularity, bias estimation, single station tracking, satellite control. In this chapter we develop the necessary equations by use of a unique vector approach. MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0063','',3,[[28,14,4,-1,-1],[36,19,5,-1,-1],[45,23,7,-1,-1],[42,22,7,-1,-1],[55,28,8,-1,-1],[69,37,12,-1,-1],[113,60,18,-2,-2]]) The gnomon is tapered at the local latitude angle, In addition, the stellar position was determined by using the MPEquation() The position of the sun relative to these coordinates can be described by two angles; the solar altitude angle and the solar zenith angle defined below. No such test is required for the solar altitude angle, since this angle exists in only one quadrant. If your local time is on Daylight Saving time, select 'ON' from DST mode. MPEquation() 5308 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<5F9D460279CC60EE35D901B61F6D4996>]/Index[5289 99]/Info 5288 0 R/Length 113/Prev 1271132/Root 5290 0 R/Size 5388/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream 3.4 Notes on the Transformation of Vector Coordinates, A procedure used often in defining the angular relationship between a surface and the sun rays is the transformation of coordinates. Since the arc sine and arc cosine functions have two possible quadrants for their result, both Equations (3.15) and (3.16) require a test to ascertain the proper quadrant. Exactly one-half of the disc is above the horizon, giving the day length as 12 hours. where Aij is defined in Figure 3.14 for rotations about the x, y, or z axis. This can be done using the three angles defined in Section 3.1 above; latitude, For this derivation, we will define a sun-pointing vector at the surface of the earth and then mathematically translate it to the center of the earth with a different coordinate system. A ‘gnomon’ or shadow-casting device, is mounted perpendicular to the card and along the noon line. Solar time is location (longitude) dependent and is generally different from local clock time, which is defined by politically defined time zones and other approximations. (3.25), MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0065','',3,[[155,12,3,-1,-1],[206,16,4,-1,-1],[258,20,5,-1,-1],[232,18,5,-1,-1],[310,24,6,-1,-1],[389,29,8,-1,-1],[647,48,13,-2,-2]]) Other seasonal maxima and minima may be determined by substituting the extremes of the declination angle, that is, ±23.45 degrees into the previously developed expressions, to obtain their values at the solstices. A lack of detectable parallax forced Brahe to locate the nova beyond the sphere of the Moon, i.e., in the celestial realm, supposedly unalterable according to Aristotelian doctrine. This now permits us to calculate the sun’s position in the sky, as a function of date, time and location (N, (3.16), Equation (3.14) is an expression for the solar altitude angle in terms of the observer’s latitude (location), the hour angle (time), and the sun’s declination (date). MPEquation(), MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0081','',3,[[6,8,0,-1,-1],[9,11,0,-1,-1],[11,14,0,-1,-1],[10,13,0,-1,-1],[13,17,0,-1,-1],[16,21,0,-1,-1],[27,36,1,-2,-2]]) (3.27), MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0067','',3,[[180,32,13,-1,-1],[239,46,20,-1,-1],[299,54,23,-1,-1],[270,51,23,-1,-1],[359,67,30,-1,-1],[451,81,33,-1,-1],[750,134,55,-2,-2]]) MPEquation() A test to determine whether the sun is in the northern part of the sky may be developed by use of this geometry.   The base for time (and longitude) measurement is the meridian that passes through Greenwich, England and both poles. If the correct time at Greenwich, England (or any other known location) was known, then the longitude of the ship could be found by measuring the solar time onboard the ship (through sun sightings) and subtracting from it the time at Greenwich. 1.5698 ´ (3.31). An approximation of the equation of time claimed to have an average error of 0.63 seconds and a maximum absolute error of 2.0 seconds is presented below as Equation, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0011','',3,[[318,32,13,-1,-1],[424,45,20,-1,-1],[531,53,22,-1,-1],[477,50,23,-1,-1],[637,65,29,-1,-1],[797,78,32,-1,-1],[1329,130,53,-2,-2]]) It can be shown that this occurs for latitudes greater than 66.55 degrees, that is, above the Arctic Circle. At the equinoxes, the sun rises exactly due east at exactly 6:00 AM (solar time) and appears to the observer to travel at a constant rate across the sky along a path inclined from the vertical by the local latitude angle. MPEquation() Figure 3.12 shows a vertical pole on a horizontal surface. Equation of Time - The difference between mean solar time and true solar time on a given date is shown in Figure 3.4. Ingenious devices casting shadows on surfaces of all shapes and orientations have been devised. (3.18). 10-3, MPSetChAttrs('ch0018','ch2',[[7,1,-2,1,0],[8,1,-3,0,0],[10,2,-4,0,0],[],[],[],[25,4,-10,0,0]]) Solving Equation (3.16), the untested result, A" becomes, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0047','',3,[[278,64,18,-1,-1],[370,85,24,-1,-1],[463,107,30,-1,-1],[417,96,28,-1,-1],[557,127,36,-1,-1],[697,161,46,-1,-1],[1161,268,77,-2,-2]]) 1.2229 ´ The earth revolves around the sun every 365.25 days in an elliptical orbit, with a mean earth-sun distance of 1.496 x 1011 m (92.9 x 106 miles) defined as one astronomical unit (1 AU). Sidereal Time - So far, and for the remainder of this text, all reference to time is to mean time, a time system based on the assumption that a day (86,400 seconds) is the average interval between two successive times when a given point on the earth faces the sun. �y��4��m��i��%S�D�ٸ��K�HM�Y,q_q���!��&,��Vx�Y)]��~���W�炳 This time system is based on the sidereal day, which is the length of time for the earth to make one complete rotation about its axis. The hours of daylight, sometimes of interest to the solar designer, may be calculated as, MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0059','',3,[[174,26,9,-1,-1],[233,34,13,-1,-1],[292,42,16,-1,-1],[262,38,14,-1,-1],[350,50,19,-1,-1],[438,63,23,-1,-1],[730,104,39,-2,-2]]) The level of accuracy required in determining the equation of time will depend on whether the designer is doing system performance or developing tracking equations. However, all of these can be understood with a simple manipulation of Equations (3.25) through (3.28) developed above. Polaris Aa is a 5.4 solar mass (M ☉) F7 yellow supergiant of spectral type Ib.                      MPSetEqnAttrs('eq0058','',3,[[1,1,-11,-1,-1],[1,1,-15,-1,-1],[1,1,-19,-1,-1],[1,1,-17,-1,-1],[1,1,-23,-1,-1],[1,1,-29,-1,-1],[1,1,-49,-2,-2]]) 10). The two smaller companions are Polaris B, a 1.39 M ☉ F3 main-sequence star orbiting at a distance of 2,400 astronomical units (AU), and Polaris Ab (or P), a very close F6 main-sequence star with a mass of 1.26 M ☉. This "geometric" view of the sun's path can be helpful in visualizing sun movements and in deriving expressions for testing the sun angles as needed for Equation (3.18) to ascertain whether the sun is in the northern sky. Very accurate values are published annually in tabulated form in an ephemeris; an example being (Anonymous, 198l).                      (3.29). Since the inclination of the polar axis varies with latitude it can be visualized that there are some latitudes where the summer solstice disc is completely above the horizon surface. 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