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What Does ``AST'' Stand For?

The library name ``AST'' stands for ``ASTrometry Library''. The name arose when it was thought that knowledge of ``astrometry'' (i.e. celestial coordinate systems) would form the bulk of the library. In fact, it turns out that astrometry forms only a minor component, but the name AST has stuck.



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AST A Library for Handling World Coordinate Systems in Astronomy
Starlink User Note 211
R.F. Warren-Smith & D.S. Berry
25th February 2013
E-mail:starlink@jiscmail.ac.uk

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