This calculator has been developed primarily to extract the Greenwich Hour Angle, GHA, of a celestial body from MICA (Multiyear Interactive Computer Almanac) in a convenient way, but it can be used in combination with other almanac software or printed almanacs as well.
Unlike the Nautical Almanac and ICE (Interactive Computer Ephemeris), MICA only provides the Right Ascension, RA, of a body which is the equivalent to the Siderial Hour Angle, SHA, with the exception that RA is measured in hours (0 - 24) eastward from the Vernal Equinox (first point of Aries) whereas SHA is measured in degrees (0 - 360) westward from the vernal equinox.
SHA[°] = 360 15 · RA[h]
Converting RA to GHA requires Greenwich Siderial Time, GST, (also provided by MICA), the Greenwich hour angle of the vernal equinox measured in hours (0 - 24) westward from the Greenwich meridian (1h is equivalent to 15°).
GHAAries[°] = 15 · GST[h]
GHA = SHA + GHAAries
When using MICA, RA can be accessed through the following menus and submenus:
Equator of date
Greenwich apparent siderial time is available through:
Time and orientation
Siderial time (App.)
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