adstring {astrolibR}R Documentation

Return RA and Dec as character string(s) in sexigesimal format

Description

Return RA and Dec as character string(s) in sexigesimal format

Usage

adstring(ra_dec, dec, precision, truncate = FALSE)

Arguments

ra_dec

either a 2-element vector giving Right Ascension and declination, or a scalar giving Right Ascension, in decimal degrees

dec

a scalr giving declination or ra_dec is also a scalar, in decimal degrees (optional)

precision

Integer scalar giving number of digits after the decimal of declination. The R.A. precision is automatically 1 digit more. (optional, default = 1)

truncate

if set, then the last dispayed digit in the output is truncated in precision rather than rounded (optional, default = FALSE)

Details

Common calling sequences are: result <- adstring(ra_dec, [precision=ndigit, truncate = truncate]) or result <- adstring(ra, dec, [precision=ndigit]) or result <- adstring(dec).

The TRUNCATE=TRUE option is useful if adstring() is used to form an official IAU name (see http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/Dic/iau-spec.htx) with coordinate specification. The IAU name will typically be created with a call like: strcompress(adstring(ra,dec,0,truncate=TRUE))

Value

result

character string(s) contining HR, MIN, SEC, DEC, MIN, SEC formatted at (2I3, F5.(p+1), 2I3, F4.p) where p is the PRECISION parameter. If only a single scalar is supplied, it is converted to a sexigesimal string with format (2I3, F5.1).

Author(s)

Written W. Landsman June 1988

R adaptation by Arnab Chakraborty (June 2013)

See Also

radec sixty

Examples

adstring(30.42, -1.23, 1)  # ' 2  1 40.80 -01 13 48.0'
adstring(30.42, -1.23, 0)  # ' 2  1 40.8 -01 13 48'
adstring(0.4, -0.6, 1)     # ' 0  1 36.00 -00 36  0.0"
adstring(230.42711, -49.5922, 0)  # '15 21 42.5 -49 35 32'
adstring(230.42711, -49.5922, 4)  # '15 21 42.50640 -49 35 31.9200'

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