A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Rafal O.
Date: 2018 Apr 3, 00:50 -0700
I am thinking more and more about writing my own program that generates Nautial Almanac entries for a given date. I want to use JPL ephemeresis (still trying to figure out how to extract these data, I should read Fortran code I think). Nevertheless, I have a question, maybe naive. Namely, let us calculate position of i.e. Earth and Sun at a given time moment t. We can calculate declination and GHA but the obeserver will not see it at this moment of time but raher 8m20s later (due to time needed to reach light ray emited by Sun). I think that the same occures for all other celestial bodies. The reflected / emited light and time needed to reach the observer should be taken into account. Am I correct?