How accurate are the positions of the planets and moons in Starry Night?


    The position of the eight major planets should be accurate to within 5 arcseconds for times within 3000 years of the present. The theory used to predict Pluto’s position is less accurate: between the years 1885 and 2099, its position is accurate to within 1 arcsecond, but the accuracy will decline significantly outside these dates. The position of our moon should be accurate to within 10 arcseconds for several thousand years in either direction. The theories used to predict the positions of other moons are simpler and therefore potentially less accurate.


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