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A MATLAB Script for Predicting Orbital Events of the Planets

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Predicts interesting orbital events of our solar system planets.

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PDF document and a MATLAB script named pevents.m that can be used to compute interesting orbital events of the planets of our solar system. Using a combination of one-dimensional minimization and root-finding, the pevents MATLAB script computes the following heliocentric characteristics of planetary orbital motion.

• aphelion and perihelion of a planet
• nodal crossings of a planet
• closest approach distance between two planets
• minimum angular separation between two planets

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