RadialRepresentation

class astropy.coordinates.RadialRepresentation(distance, differentials=None, copy=True)[source]

Bases: astropy.coordinates.BaseRepresentation

Representation of the distance of points from the origin.

Note that this is mostly intended as an internal helper representation. It can do little else but being used as a scale in multiplication.

Parameters:
distance : Quantity

The distance of the point(s) from the origin.

differentials : dict, BaseDifferential, optional

Any differential classes that should be associated with this representation. The input must either be a single BaseDifferential instance (see _compatible_differentials for valid types), or a dictionary of of differential instances with keys set to a string representation of the SI unit with which the differential (derivative) is taken. For example, for a velocity differential on a positional representation, the key would be 's' for seconds, indicating that the derivative is a time derivative.

copy : bool, optional

If True (default), arrays will be copied rather than referenced.

Attributes Summary

attr_classes
distance The distance from the origin to the point(s).

Methods Summary

from_cartesian(cart) Converts 3D rectangular cartesian coordinates to radial coordinate.
norm(self) Vector norm.
scale_factors(self) Scale factors for each component’s direction.
to_cartesian(self) Cannot convert radial representation to cartesian.
unit_vectors(self) Cartesian unit vectors are undefined for radial representation.

Attributes Documentation

attr_classes = {'distance': <class 'astropy.units.quantity.Quantity'>}
distance

The distance from the origin to the point(s).

Methods Documentation

classmethod from_cartesian(cart)[source]

Converts 3D rectangular cartesian coordinates to radial coordinate.

norm(self)[source]

Vector norm.

Just the distance itself.

Returns:
norm : Quantity

Dimensionless ones, with the same shape as the representation.

scale_factors(self)[source]

Scale factors for each component’s direction.

Given unit vectors \(\hat{e}_c\) and scale factors \(f_c\), a change in one component of \(\delta c\) corresponds to a change in representation of \(\delta c \times f_c \times \hat{e}_c\).

Returns:
scale_factors : dict of Quantity

The keys are the component names.

to_cartesian(self)[source]

Cannot convert radial representation to cartesian.

unit_vectors(self)[source]

Cartesian unit vectors are undefined for radial representation.