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How exactly to use astroquery.jplhorizons to get the state vectors of Mercury and the Parker Solar Probe?

In the question Is the Parker Solar Probe's semimajor axis being so close to that of Mercury's just coincidence? Does it help somehow? I used a Python script to plot the heliocentric orbit of the ...
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How to define a body-centered ICRF/J2000 frame in SPICE?

I am trying to define a reference frame in SPICE that is Centered on a particular body, for example Mars, and with axes parallel to J2000/ICRF After going through the required reading for reference ...
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What is the parameter which stays constant at a location for downloading from Sentinel Copernicus Data?

The parameters orbitdirection, orbitnumber, platformname, productclass, producttype etc. seem to be not very useful in identifying a product in sentinel data. I have a product targeting an area - ...
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What are the details required to automate the download of Data products of Sentinel - 1 from Copernicus SciHub?

I want to understand the file name and required parameters which describe a data product so that I can automate the download using the API provided by the Copernicus Sci-Hub. What is the pipeline of ...
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How to calculate the flight path angle, γ, from a state vector?

@Julio's excellent answer describes a flight path angle, and explains that it is the angle between the tangential direction (perpendicular to the radial vector to the central body) and the current ...
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A software for orbit propagation, considering Moon, Sun and zonal harmonics

I have to propagate the orbit of a satellite in 1 year, complying with the Sun, Moon and zonal harmonics effects. Is there preferably a free software, which could be used? I was suggested to use ...
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How does the poliastro python package “Going to Mars with Python” example work? What's it really doing?

@astrojuanlu's answer mentions the existence of the Python package poliastro, and in the documentation there I found an example titled Going to Mars with Python using poliastro among others. Input ...
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How to calculate cone angle between two satellites given their look angles?

I have the azimuth, elevation and distance of 2 satellites relative to a ground station, defined by latitude and longitude, as I've discussed in my previous question. I'm using the satellites' TLEs ...
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How can I plot a precessing orbital plane of an artificial satellite on a polar plot from a TLE in Python?

How can I plot the orbital plane of an artificial satellite on a polar plot from a TLE in Python? Very new to all of this. As I understand it I need to extract TLE's from Space-track.org. Then use ...
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Restricted Three body problem need to create an orbit around the two massive bodies

I have assignment and part of it involves getting a satellite to orbit both the Earth and the Moon at least once. How ever no matter how I set my initial condition or parameterize my position and time ...
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What computer programs does ITAR say I can or can not write, or share, or use in the US?

After reading this answer by someone knowledgeable in the field, I realized that I still don't understand even a little bit what International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (and its cousins) does ...
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How to best think of the State Transition Matrix, and how to use it to find periodic Halo orbits?

I'll state my mathematical question about the state propagation and state transition matrices first, then show you a simple problem for which I would like to use these concepts to generate a densely ...
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Better way to get approximate ground track for a satellite using Skyfield?

I wanted to make a quick ground-track plot, so I used the Python package Skyfield to propagate a TLE and return Earth-Centered Inertial coordinates. Then I created a ...
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Ground longitude/latitude under a satellite (cartesian coordinates) at a specfic epoch

The script I'm wanting to develop uses the cartesian coordinates (XYZ) from a satellite, and in conjunction with the range, elevation and azimuth from a location, I then take a satellite’s orbital ...
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Need help simulating solar limb darkening

edit: At the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) website, I just found the image sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/img/latest/latest_1024_HMIIC.jpg. The color gradient of the limb darkening seems very similar to ...
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Thrust and rotation strategy to circularize a standard GTO orbit using ion propulsion?

The previous question How much time does it take to circularize a GTO orbit using ion propulsion? has a good, quantitative answer based on a known delta-v. But I'm wondering how would you actually ...
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What formulas do I use to calculate the gravity and drag forces on an object ascending from Earth's surface?

I'm trying to model a slingshot launch to space, literally, and I'm using 2 basic formulas. Simplifying my model, a object with a (really big) initial velocity is launched from Earth's surface on the ...
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Python API for JPL Horizons?

I found the python package HorizonJPL in the Python Package Index, but it looks like it's limited to activity in 2013. When I go to the linked documentation page https://docs.google.com/document/d/...
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Need help getting the true ICRF coordinates of SOHO using Horizons

In this answer I calculated the approximate angular separation between Mercury and the Sun as seen by the SOHO satellite using Skyfield's method of ...
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“Pythagorean Three Body Problem” - need some points from an accurate solution for comparison

note: if you up-vote (or even if you don't), don't forget to scroll down and see the excellent answer as well - it's beautiful! The Pythagorean Three Body Problem also know as Burrau's problem is a ...
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How to (correctly) rotate this data so the Ecliptic is in the XY plane?

When plotting orbits using the Python package Skyfield, the coordinates are barycentric ICRS. This puts the center of mass of the solar system at the origin, but the $\hat{z}$ axis is tilted about 23° ...
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MOM's NOT-so-sun-synchronous orbit about Mars - how large is it's J2?

edit: See my supplementary answer below for additional information. @Hohmannfan nailed it. This question and answer started me wondering - how big is the J2 (oblateness) term of Mars' gravity ...
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How to get earth-centered, earth-fixed coordinates from Skyfield?

I recently started using Skyfield (python) to find (x, y, z) coordinates of things in space. Now I'd like to transform between Earth-Centered, Earth-Fixed (rotating) and Earth-Centered Inertial (non-...