AtNightConstraint

class astroplan.AtNightConstraint(max_solar_altitude=<Quantity 0. deg>, force_pressure_zero=True)[source]

Bases: astroplan.Constraint

Constrain the Sun to be below horizon.

Parameters
max_solar_altitudeQuantity

The altitude of the sun below which it is considered to be “night” (inclusive).

force_pressure_zerobool (optional)

Force the pressure to zero for solar altitude calculations. This avoids errors in the altitude of the Sun that can occur when the Sun is below the horizon and the corrections for atmospheric refraction return nonsense values.

Methods Summary

compute_constraint(times, observer, targets)

Actually do the real work of computing the constraint.

twilight_astronomical(**kwargs)

Consider nighttime as time between astronomical twilights (-18 degrees).

twilight_civil(**kwargs)

Consider nighttime as time between civil twilights (-6 degrees).

twilight_nautical(**kwargs)

Consider nighttime as time between nautical twilights (-12 degrees).

Methods Documentation

compute_constraint(times, observer, targets)[source]

Actually do the real work of computing the constraint. Subclasses override this.

Parameters
timesTime

The times to compute the constraint

observerObserver

the observaton location from which to apply the constraints

targetssequence of Target

The targets on which to apply the constraints.

Returns
constraint_result2D array of float or bool

The constraints, with targets along the first index and times along the second.

classmethod twilight_astronomical(**kwargs)[source]

Consider nighttime as time between astronomical twilights (-18 degrees).

classmethod twilight_civil(**kwargs)[source]

Consider nighttime as time between civil twilights (-6 degrees).

classmethod twilight_nautical(**kwargs)[source]

Consider nighttime as time between nautical twilights (-12 degrees).