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Manual Reference Pages  -  DATETIME::FORMAT::EPOCH::JD (3)

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NAME

DateTime::Format::Epoch::JD - Convert DateTimes to/from Julian Days

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



  use DateTime::Format::Epoch::JD;

  my $dt = DateTime::Format::Epoch::JD->parse_datetime( 2453244.5 );
   # 2004-08-27T00:00:00
  DateTime::Format::Epoch::JD->format_datetime($dt);
   # 2453244.5

  my $formatter = DateTime::Format::Epoch::JD->new();
  my $dt2 = $formatter->parse_datetime( 2453244.5 );
   # 2004-08-27T00:00:00
  $formatter->format_datetime($dt2);
   # 2453244.5



DESCRIPTION

This module can convert a DateTime object (or any object that can be converted to a DateTime object) to the Julian Day number. This is the number of days since noon U.T.C. on January 1, 4713 B.C. (Julian calendar).

This time scale was originally proposed by John Herschel, and is often used in astronomical calculations.

Similar modules are:
o DateTime::Format::Epoch::MJD

Implements the modified Julian Day, starting at midnight U.T.C., November 17, 1858. This number is always 2,400,000.5 lower than the JD, and this count only uses five digits to specify a date between 1859 and about 2130.

o DateTime::Format::Epoch::RJD

Implements the reduced Julian Day, starting at noon U.T.C., November 16, 1858. This number is always 2,400,000 lower than the JD.

o DateTime::Format::Epoch::TJD

Implements the truncated Julian Day, starting at midnight U.T.C., May 24, 1968. This number is always 2,440,000,5 lower than the JD. Actually, there is another version of the TJD, defined as JD modulo 10,000. But that one is a bit harder to implement, so you’ll have to do with this version of TJD. Or don’t use TJD’s at all.

o DateTime::Format::Epoch::RataDie

Implements the Rata Die count, starting at January 1, 1 (Gregorian). This count is used by DateTime::Calendar programmers.

o DateTime::Format::Epoch::Lilian

Implements the Lilian count, named after Aloysius Lilian (a 16th century physician) and first used by IBM (a 19th century punched card machine manufacturer). This counts the number of days since the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. Only days are counted, and October 15, 1584 is day 1.

METHODS

Most of the methods are the same as those in DateTime::Format::Epoch. The only difference is the constructor.
o new()

Constructor of the formatter/parser object. It has no parameters.

SUPPORT

Support for this module is provided via the datetime@perl.org email list. See http://lists.perl.org/ for more details.

AUTHOR

Eugene van der Pijll <pijll@gmx.net>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 2004 Eugene van der Pijll. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

SEE ALSO

DateTime

datetime@perl.org mailing list

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