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# jdcal

This module contains functions for converting between Julian dates and calendar dates.

A function for converting Gregorian calendar dates to Julian dates, and another function for converting Julian calendar dates to Julian dates are defined. Two functions for the reverse calculations are also defined.

Different regions of the world switched to Gregorian calendar from Julian calendar on different dates. Having separate functions for Julian and Gregorian calendars allow maximum flexibility in choosing the relevant calendar.

Julian dates are stored in two floating point numbers (double). Julian dates, and Modified Julian dates, are large numbers. If only one number is used, then the precision of the time stored is limited. Using two numbers, time can be split in a manner that will allow maximum precision. For example, the first number could be the Julian date for the beginning of a day and the second number could be the fractional day. Calculations that need the latter part can now work with maximum precision.

All the above functions are "proleptic". This means that they work for dates on which the concerned calendar is not valid. For example, Gregorian calendar was not used prior to around October 1582.

A function to test if a given Gregorian calendar year is a leap year is also defined.

Zero point of Modified Julian Date (MJD) and the MJD of 2000/1/1 12:00:00 are also given as module level constants.

## Examples

Gregorian calendar:

``````>>> gcal2jd(2000,1,1)
(2400000.5, 51544.0)
>>> 2400000.5 + 51544.0 + 0.5
2451545.0

>>> gcal2jd(2000,2,30)
(2400000.5, 51604.0)
>>> gcal2jd(2000,3,1)
(2400000.5, 51604.0)
>>> gcal2jd(2001,2,30)
(2400000.5, 51970.0)
>>> gcal2jd(2001,3,2)
(2400000.5, 51970.0)

>>> jd2gcal(*gcal2jd(2000,1,1))
(2000, 1, 1, 0.0)
>>> jd2gcal(*gcal2jd(1950,1,1))
(1950, 1, 1, 0.0)

>>> gcal2jd(2000,1,1)
(2400000.5, 51544.0)
>>> jd2gcal(2400000.5, 51544.0)
(2000, 1, 1, 0.0)
>>> jd2gcal(2400000.5, 51544.5)
(2000, 1, 1, 0.5)
>>> jd2gcal(2400000.5, 51544.245)
(2000, 1, 1, 0.24500000000261934)
>>> jd2gcal(2400000.5, 51544.1)
(2000, 1, 1, 0.099999999998544808)
>>> jd2gcal(2400000.5, 51544.75)
(2000, 1, 1, 0.75)``````

Julian calendar:

``````>>> jd2jcal(*jcal2jd(2000, 1, 1))
(2000, 1, 1, 0.0)
>>> jd2jcal(*jcal2jd(-4000, 10, 11))
(-4000, 10, 11, 0.0)``````

Gregorian leap year:

``````>>> is_leap(2000)
True
>>> is_leap(2100)
False``````

JD for zero point of MJD, and MJD for JD2000.0:

``````>>> print MJD_0
2400000.5
>>> print MJD_JD2000
51544.5``````

## Installation

The module can be installed using pip or easy_install:

``\$ pip install jdcal``

or,

``\$ easy_install jdcal``

## Credits

1. A good amount of the code is based on the excellent TPM C library by Jeffrey W. Percival. A Python interface to this C library is available at http://github.com/phn/pytpm.
2. The inspiration to split Julian dates into two numbers came from the IAU SOFA C library. No code or algorithm from the SOFA library is used in jdcal.