The Wolfram Solution for

Astronomy

Compute positions of astronomical objects in real time, building models, analyzing data, and instantly creating interactive visualizations—all in one system with one integrated workflow.

The Wolfram astronomy solution combines sophisticated data analysis capabilities, world-class image processing, and highly optimized differential equation solving with built-in parallel computing and 64-bit technology.

Computing positions of astronomical objects in real time using built-in data
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Key Capabilities

Mathematica includes thousands of built-in functions and curated data on many topics that let you:

  • Do mathematical modeling to study galaxy formation, stellar dynamics, and other topics
  • Perform image processing of astronomical objects
  • Use built-in astronomy data for real-time computation of positions of astronomical objects
  • Perform sophisticated data analysis and optimization routines for astrophysical modeling
  • Plot orbits of planets, exoplanets, stars, and other astronomical bodies using built-in astronomical data
  • Perform spectral analysis of irregularly sampled time-series data
  • Model particle trajectories
  • Compute the rise times of stars and planets through the year

Modeling and interactively exploring a pulsar

Plotting the interplanetary magnetic field (Parker spiral)

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Does your current tool set have these advantages?

  • Free-form linguistic input produces immediate results without the need for syntax
    Unique to Mathematica
  • Built-in astronomy data for real-time dynamic computation of astronomical object positions
    Unique to Mathematica
  • Automatic interface construction to interactively visualize your simulations, examine model sensitivity to parameter changes, and more
    Unique to Mathematica
  • Tight integration of the core Mathematica system with more than 20 built-in application areas such as image processing, GIS, statistics, and more
    Matlab requires multiple extra-cost toolboxes
  • Powerful symbolic statistical computation and data analysis using built-in functions
    R, STATA, and other numerical systems do not have integrated symbolic functionality
  • Fully automated precision control and arbitrary-precision arithmetic produce accurate results
    All systems relying on finite precision arithmetic, such as Excel or Matlab, can cause errors due to lack of precision
  • Seamless integration of numerics, symbolics, interactive graphics, and all other computational aspects in one system

Modeling mass transfer in binary star systems

Modeling light curves of objects too far away to study with optical telescopes

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Organizations Using Wolfram Technologies

Australian Astronomical Observatory Canadian Space Agency NASA Observatoire de Paris
Space Telescope Science Institute National Astronomical Observatory of Japan National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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