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A MATLAB Script for Predicting Solar Eclipses

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Predict local circumstances of solar eclipses.

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PDF document and a MATLAB script named seclipse.m that can be used to predict local circumstances of solar eclipses. This computer program provides the universal times and topocentric coordinates of the Sun and Moon at the beginning and end of the penumbra contacts, and the time and coordinates at maximum eclipse. The source ephemeris for this routine is a JPL binary ephemeris file. This application uses several functions ported to MATLAB from the Fortran version of the NOVAS (Naval Observatory Vector Astrometry Subroutines) source code developed at the United States Naval Observatory (www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/software-products/novas). JPL binary ephemeris files for Windows compatible computers can be downloaded at www.cdeagle.com.

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1.1

Added MICE version of this script in the solar_eclipse_mice.zip archive.

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