The Wolfram Solution forAstronomyCompute positions of astronomical objects in real time, building models, analyzing data, and instantly creating interactive visualizations—all in one system with one integrated workflow. The Wolfram astronomy solution combines sophisticated data analysis capabilities, worldclass image processing, and highly optimized differential equation solving with builtin parallel computing and 64bit technology. 
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Mathematica includes thousands of builtin functions and curated data on many topics that let you:
 Do mathematical modeling to study galaxy formation, stellar dynamics, and other topics
 Perform image processing of astronomical objects
 Use builtin astronomy data for realtime computation of positions of astronomical objects
 Perform sophisticated data analysis and optimization routines for astrophysical modeling
 Plot orbits of planets, exoplanets, stars, and other astronomical bodies using builtin astronomical data
 Perform spectral analysis of irregularly sampled timeseries data
 Model particle trajectories
 Compute the rise times of stars and planets through the year
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Does your current tool set have these advantages?

Freeform linguistic input produces immediate results without the need for syntax
Unique to Mathematica 
Builtin astronomy data for realtime dynamic computation of astronomical object positions
Unique to Mathematica 
Automatic interface construction to interactively visualize your simulations, examine model sensitivity to parameter changes, and more
Unique to Mathematica 
Tight integration of the core Mathematica system with more than 20 builtin application areas such as image processing, GIS, statistics, and more
Matlab requires multiple extracost toolboxes 
Powerful symbolic statistical computation and data analysis using builtin functions
R, STATA, and other numerical systems do not have integrated symbolic functionality 
Fully automated precision control and arbitraryprecision arithmetic produce accurate results
All systems relying on finite precision arithmetic, such as Excel or Matlab, can cause errors due to lack of precision  Seamless integration of numerics, symbolics, interactive graphics, and all other computational aspects in one system
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Astronomy specific capabilities:
 Builtin data on planets, exoplanets, stars, galaxies, and other astronomical entities »
 Sophisticated data analysis and optimization routines for astrophysical modeling »
 Automatic interface construction to interactively analyze your models »
 Fast numerical linear algebra operations and highperformance sparse linear algebra routines enable efficient largescale data computations »
 Stateoftheart image processing capabilities for astronomical imaging tasks »
 Freeform linguistic input produces immediate results without the need for syntax »
 Advanced 2D and 3D graphics, including texture mapping and fast 3D rendering for graphics with transparency »
 Import and export of all common data formats, including FITS, HDF5, TeX, PDF, KML, and more »
 Highperformance computing using a combination of multicore computing, 64bit technology, and builtin parallel processing
 Builtin data on all classes of astronomical entities, including planets, exoplanets, stars, galaxies, and more »
 Builtin connectivity to databases, web services, existing C++ code, other commercial programs, and Java and .NET frameworks »
 World's best symbolic and numeric equation solvers, along with industryleading sets of special functions and algorithms »
 Input, output, and computation with traditional mathematical notation
 Instantly deploy your interactive models using Wolfram CDF Player or webMathematica