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ERIC Number: EJ900041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
The Mathematics of Go to Telescopes
Teets, Donald
College Mathematics Journal, v38 n3 p170-178 May 2007
This article presents the mathematics involved in finding and tracking celestial objects with an electronically controlled telescope. The essential idea in solving this problem is to choose several different coordinate systems that simplify the various motions of the earth and other celestial objects. These coordinate systems are then related by rotations and translations of the coordinate axes, which are accomplished using matrix operations studied in elementary linear algebra.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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