A TimeMap is a specialised form of 1-dimensional Mapping which can be used to represent a sequence of conversions between standard time coordinate systems.
When a TimeMap is first created, it simply performs a unit (null) Mapping. Using the astTimeAdd function, a series of coordinate conversion steps may then be added. This allows multi-step conversions between a variety of time coordinate systems to be assembled out of a set of building blocks.
For details of the individual coordinate conversions available, see the description of the astTimeAdd function.
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The nature and units of the coordinate values supplied for the first input (i.e. the
time input) of a TimeMap must be appropriate to the first conversion step applied by
the TimeMap. For instance, if the first conversion step is
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Date to Besselian epoch) then the coordinate values for the first input should be date
in units of days. Similarly, the nature and units of the coordinate values returned
by a TimeMap will be determined by the last conversion step applied by the
A null Object pointer (AST__NULL) will be returned if this function is invoked with the AST error status set, or if it should fail for any reason.