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Sexagesimal and radian to degree conversion

A. If you want to convert sexagesimal numbers (RA=hh:mm:ss.s Dec=±dd:mm:ss) to degrees then use these relations: RA>deg: 15 x (hh + mm/60 + ss.s/3600) Dec>deg: ±dd ± (mm/60 + ss/3600) These relations are pretty easy to remember since > 1 hour the sky rotates 15 degrees (360degrees in 24 hours) > 1 minute = 60 […]

Useful astronomical numbers

Just some useful numbers and units to remember and to have an easy access to! [last updated: 29 Dec 2011] >> Distance 1 AU = 150 x 106 km 1 pc = 3.09 × 1013 km = 206260 AU = 3.26 ly 1 ly = 9.4 x 1012 km = 64 x 103 = 0.31 […]