A MATLAB Script for Predicting Transits of Mercury and Venus
07 Dec 2012
04 Feb 2013)
Local circumstances of solar transits of the planets Mercury and Venus.
|solsys (tjd, body, origin)
function [pos, vel, ierr] = solsys (tjd, body, origin)
% this is solsys version '2-da'. it is intended to provide
% an interface between the jpl direct-access solar system
% ephemerides and the 'novas' astrometric function library
% standish, e.m. and newhall, x x (1988). "the jpl
% export planetary ephemeris"; jpl document dated 17 june 1988.
% kaplan, g.h. (1988). "novas: naval observatory vector astrometry
% subroutines"; usno document dated 20 october 1988
% tjd = julian date of the desired time, on the tdb time scale
% body = body identification number for the
% solar system object of interest;
% mercury = 1,...,pluto = 9, sun = 10, moon = 11
% origin = origin code; solar system barycenter = 0,
% center of mass of the sun = 1
% pos = position vector of 'body' at tjd;
% equatorial rectangular coordinates in
% au referred to the mean equator and
% equinox of j2000.0
% vel = velocity vector of 'body' at tjd;
% equatorial rectangular system referred
% to the mean equator and equinox of
% j2000.0, in au/day
% ierr = 0 ... everything ok .
% = 1 ... invalid value of 'body'
% = 2 ... invalid value of 'origin'
% = 3 ... error detected by jpl software;
% tjd out of range
% Celestial Computing with MATLAB
ierr = 0;
% perform sanity checks on the input body and origin.
if ((body < 1) | (body > 11))
ierr = 1;
elseif ((origin < 0) | (origin > 1))
ierr = 2
% select 'targ' according to value of 'body'
if (body == 10)
targ = 11;
elseif (body == 11)
targ = 10;
targ = body;
% select 'cent' according to the value of 'origin'.
if (origin == 0)
cent = 12;
elseif (origin == 1)
cent = 11;
% call jpl routine to obtain position and velocity array 'posvel'
posvel = jplephem (tjd, targ, cent);
% decompose 'posvel' into position 'pos' and velocity 'vel'.
for i = 1:1:3
pos(i) = posvel(i);
vel(i) = posvel(i + 3);