This is a julia wrapper for CALCEPH a C library for reading planetary ephemeris files, such as INPOPxx, JPL DExxx and SPICE ephemeris files.
CALCEPH C library is developped by IMCCE.
In the Julia interpreter, run:
using Pkg Pkg.add("CALCEPH") using CALCEPH # ephemeris kernels can be downloaded from many different sources download("ftp://ftp.imcce.fr/pub/ephem/planets/inpop13c/inpop13c_TDB_m100_p100_tt.dat","planets.dat") # create an ephemeris context eph = Ephem("planets.dat") # prefetch ephemeris files data to main memory for faster access prefetch(eph) # retrieve constants from ephemeris as a dictionary con = constants(eph) # list the constants keys(con) # get the sun J2 J2sun = con[:J2SUN] # retrieve the position, velocity and acceleration of Earth (geocenter) relative # to the Earth-Moon system barycenter in kilometers, kilometers per second and # kilometers per second square at JD= 2451624.5 TDB timescale # for best accuracy the first time argument should be the integer part and the # delta the fractional part # when using NAIF identification numbers, useNaifId has to be added to # the units argument. pva=compute(eph,2451624.0,0.5,naifId.id[:earth],naifId.id[:emb], useNaifId+unitKM+unitSec,2) position=pva[1:3] velocity=pva[4:6] acceleration=pva[7:end] # what is the NAIF identification number for Deimos id_deimos = naifId.id[:deimos] # what does NAIF ID 0 correspond to? names_0 = naifId.names
Why use CALCEPH?
CALCEPH functionality is also provided by NAIF SPICE Toolkit. However CALCEPH has several advantages over the SPICE toolkit, mainly:
- It can handle multiple ephemeris contexts.
- It is thread safe (if using one context per thread).
- It can compute higher order derivatives (acceleration and jerk) approximation using differentiation of the interpolation polynomials.
- Its ephemeris computation interface expects the time separated in two double precision floating point numbers. This can be used to achieve higher precision in timetag (this can have a significant impact when modeling Doppler observations from a deep space probe).
But CALCEPH does not support all functions of the SPICE toolkit. If you need more functionalities SPICE.jl is a Julia wrapper for the SPICE toolkit.