References related to the Online Ephemeris Service

This service is created and provided by the Institute of Applied Astronomy RAS.

Some freely available data (see below) is used for the calculation of the ephemeris tables. The scientific software engine used in the calculation has been written in the IAA and is not distributed.

The engine of the site uses fundamental ephemeris in a binary format called BSP (also known as the format used by the SPICE toolkit. The fundamental ephemeris files were downloaded from the distributors' websites. No changes were made to the original binary files, with the exception of de405.bsp which was converted from big endian to little endian format.

The engine of the service uses Racket as the primary software platform, with selected modules implemented in C. Some other third-party freely available software is being used (see below). The SPICE toolkit mentioned above is not used in this service.

Fundamental Ephemeris

  1. EPM2008: E.V. Pitjeva, Ephemerides EPM2008: the updated model, constants, data. —Proceedings of the Journees 2008 Systèmes de référence spatio-temporels, 2009, Observatoire de Paris, p.57-60.
    Direct download link
  2. EPM2011/m: E.V. Pitjeva, EPM2011—updated planetary ephemerides of IAA RAS and their using for scientific research, Solar System Research, v.47, 2013. (link to the preprint)
    Direct download link
  3. EPM2015: Е. В. Питьева, Д. А. Павлов. Новая версия эфемерид планет и Луны ― EPM2015. Труды Института прикладной астрономии РАН, вып. 41, 2017.
    Direct download link
  4. EPM2017 and EPM2017h: http://iaaras.ru/en/dept/ephemeris/epm/2017/ Direct download link
  5. DE405: E.M. Standish, JPL Planetary and Lunar Ephemerides, DE405/LE405, JPL Interoffice Memorandum 312.F-98-048, 1998. (link to the article)
    Direct download link (big endian format)
  6. DE421: W.M. Folkner, J.G. Williams, D.H. Boggs, The Planetary and Lunar Ephemeris DE421, JPL Interoffice Memorandum IOM 343.R-08-003, 2008. (link to the article)
    Direct download link
  7. DE430 and DE431: W.M. Folkner, J.G. Williams, D.H. Boggs, R.S. Park, P. Kuchynka, The Planetary and Lunar Ephemerides DE430 and DE431, IPN Progress Report 42-196, 2014. (link to the article)
    Direct download link
  8. INPOP10e: A. Fienga, H. Manche, J. Laskar, M. Gastineau, A. Verma, INPOP new release: INPOP10e. (link to the article)
    Direct download link
  9. INPOP13c: A. Fienga, H. Manche, J. Laskar, M. Gastineau, A. Verma, INPOP new release: INPOP13c. (link to the article)
    Direct download link
  10. INPOP17a: V. Viswanathan, A. Fienga, M. Gastineau, J. Laskar, INPOP17a planetary ephemerides, Notes Scientifiques et Techniques de l'Institut de mécanique céleste S108, Observatoire de Paris, 2017 (link to the article)
    Direct download link

Satellite Theories

  1. GALSAT50: J. H. Lieske, Theory of motion of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites, Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 56, 1977, p. 333-352.
  2. ESAPHO/ESADE: M. Chapront-Touzé, Orbits of the Martian satellites from ESAPHO and ESADE theories, Astronomy and Astrophysics, v.240, 1990, p. 159-172.
  3. TASS 1.7: L. Duriez, A. Vienne, Theory of motion and ephemerides of Hyperion, Astronomy and Astrophysics, v.324, 1997, p. 366-380.
  4. TASS 1.6: A. Vienne, L. Duriez, TASS 1.6: ephemerides of the major Saturnian satellites, Astronomy and Astrophysics, v.297, 1995, p. 588-605.
  5. GUST86: J. Laskar, R. A. Jacobson, GUST86 — an analytical ephemeris of the Uranian satellites, Astronomy and Astrophysics, v.188, 1987, p. 212-224.
  6. IAA: A. Poroshina, M. Zamarashkina, G. Kosmodamianskiy, Construction of the numerical motion theories for the main satellites of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus in IAA RAS, Труды ИПА РАН, вып. 26, 2012, стр. 75–87.
  7. IAA (for Phoebe): А.Л. Порошина, Г.А. Космодамианский, Построение численных теорий движения основных спутников планет в системе ЭРА, Известия Главной астрономической обсерватории в Пулкове No 220, 2013, стр. 305-310.
  8. IAA2016: Г. А. Космодамианский, Новые версии эфемерид ИПА РАН спутников Юпитера и Сатурна // Труды ИПА РАН вып. 39, 54-59, 2016

Other data

List of observatory codes

Third-party Software

  1. satmars (converted from Fortran to C)
  2. SOFA (C version)
  3. SQLite