RE: Proposed Naming Convention for Unknown Objects

From: Chris Peat (
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 02:08:29 PDT

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    Hi all,
    Allen Thomson wrote:
    > Going beyond the current proposal, it might also be useful to set up an
    > archive of observations to facilitate analysis of unkns. The SeeSat-L
    > message record currently serves this purpose to some extent, but a more
    > compact and searchable version would be desirable.
    I've been following the recent discussion on the list about unknown objects,
    and would like to propose that my Heavens-Above web site be the host for
    both observation reports and unknown elsets. We have a site running that
    most people know about and it already has database access.
    I'm a little uneasy about allowing unlimited write access to the database,
    and so would probably implement a username and password scheme for trusted
    users. These users would then be able to call up a data entry page and
    insert observations and elsets directly into the database. They would all be
    indexed by both Norad ID and international designator, so it would be easy
    to produce tabular results for a given object for downloading and further
    analysis. There would, of course, be no charge for becoming a trusted user.
    I've been thinking about implementing something like this for quite a while
    now, and the recent discussion prompted me to make the proposal now. Later,
    the scheme could be extended to allow on-line generation of elsets from
    posted observations, and also a kind of bulletin board for more general
    observations indexed by object.
    As a first step, I would appreciate it if someone could point me to
    descriptions of the rather cryptic formats which are used for reporting of
    observations. Would there also be a case for a simpler format for data
    entry, at least as an option?
    Chris Peat, Heavens-Above GmbH
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