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Globe view of orbits

  • To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
  • Subject: Globe view of orbits
  • From: rlove at raptor.rmnug.org (Robert B. Love )
  • Date: Tue, 1 Mar 94 10:31:00 -0700

Has anyone generated the view of an orbiting body around a spherical  
earth as seen from beyond the orbit?  Its a classical view of the  
orbit plane encircling the earth and having only the part of the  
plane visible thats on the side of the viewer.

I looked at WorldPlot and ran into two stumbling blocks:
1) how do I generate a spherical view ?  All projections seem  
designed for 2D representation.
2) A WorldGraphic object has only {lat, lon}, no elevation.

I've got the orbit position vectors and ground traces generated with  
MMA and would love to plot this with MMA too.  Any suggestions?

All help appreciated.

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