Observations Schedule

Short Description of the Algorithm

The Sun position is calculated using a few first terms of the Bretagnon & Francou VSOP87. The VSOP87 theory allowing high accuracy in calculating the Sun position between the years -2000 and +6000.

The Moon position is calculated using a few first terms from the Chapront ELP-2000/82 lunar theory.

In the current version, only one iteration is done in calculating the moon rise and set. Therefore, the moon rise and set could be with an offset of up to two minutes.

Since the Sun and Moon position calculations are done in the TT time scale. The calendar generator uses an estimate of T between the years 1620 and 2010. For years before or after this period, T = 0 is taken!

A good reference and general information on calendars is available from: http://astro.nmsu.edu/~lhuber/leaphist.html

Constructed: April 1998, by: Eran Ofek

Created: August 1998