Solar Eclipse Monitoring for Solar Energy Applications Using the Solar and Moon Position Algorithms

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report

    Abstract

    This report includes a procedure for implementing an algorithm (described by Jean Meeus) to calculate the moon's zenith angle with uncertainty of +/-0.001 degrees and azimuth angle with uncertainty of +/-0.003 degrees. The step-by-step format presented here simplifies the complicated steps Meeus describes to calculate the Moon's position, and focuses on the Moon instead of the planets and stars.It also introduces some changes to accommodate for solar radiation applications.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages35
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2010

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-3B0-47681

    Keywords

    • algorithms
    • azimuth angle
    • moon
    • moon position
    • solar eclipse monitoring
    • solar energy applications
    • solar radiation applications
    • zenith angle

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