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1111 - WHERE CAN I GET THE LATEST ORBITAL ELEMENT DATA FOR COMETS, MINOR PLANETS AND SATELLITES?

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Matthew L. Bisque Posted: 08-23-2005 2:00 PM

Software Bisque Knowledge Base Article - 1111

This article was previously published under the article number 1008.

Where can I get the latest orbital element data for comets, minor planets and satellites?

ISSUE

I want to obtain the most recent orbital element data for a comets, minor planets
(asteroids) or satellites.

RESOLUTION

TheSky6 allows you to easily download comet, minor planet and satellite data from
the web. Or, you can visit the appropriate web site to download the data yourself.

Object Type  How to display

Comets

  1. From TheSky6, click Data | Comets and Minor Planets.

  2. Click the Comet tab.

  3. Click Observable in the From the Web group to list comets that are currently
    observable. (Requires Internet connection.)

  4. Select the desired comets from the list and click OK.

  5. Click OK


TheSky6 now displays these comets using the latest orbital element data. 

Search TheSky6 Help for "Comet Orbital Elements" for further details.

Comet Web Site: Ephemerides and Orbital Elements Web Site

Minor Planets
  1. From TheSky6, click Data | Comets and Minor Planets.

  2. Click the Minor Planets tab.

  3. Click either Distant, Critical or Unusual in the From the Web group to
    list these minor planets. (Requires Internet connection.) 

  4. Select the desired minor planets from the list and click OK.

  5. Click OK

Minor Planet Web Site: Asteroid Observing Services Web Site

 

Extended Minor Planets
The Minor Planet Center updates the orbital element data daily. The name of the file that contains all of the latest minor planet data is named AstOrb.dat. At the time this page was last updated, this file is approximately 65 MB (uncompressed) and contains orbital element data for well over 245,000 minor planets. It grows larger each day. 

Download and decompress the file AstOrb.dat to TheSky6's <My Documents>\Software Bisque\TheSky6\User\Minor Planets folder (or any other folder).


From TheSky6, click Data | Extended Minor Planets to display the Extended Minor Planet dialog box.


On the Extended Minor Planet dialog box, click the Browse Folder button (...) in the Orbital Element File Name group.

Select the file from step 1 and then click Open.


Select the desired extended minor planet display options and then click OK.

TheSky6 will now compute and display the most recent positions of all the known minor
planets.

TheSky6 now displays these comets using the latest orbital element data. Search TheSky6
Help for "Minor Planet Orbital Elements" for further details.

Minor Planet Web Site: Asteroid Observing Services Web Site

Satellites
TheSky6 displays the positions of satellites using TLE data.
  1. From TheSky6, Click Data | Satellites.
  2. Click the Import From The Web button.
  3. Select the desired satellite TLEs to load and click OK.
  4. Click OK. 

TheSky6 will now display the updated TLE's for these satellites.
Search TheSky6 Help for "Satellite TLE" for further details.


Satellite TLE Web Site: T.S. Kelso's Web Site


Found in: TheSky6 Serious Astronomer and Professional Editions.

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Last Reviewed: 11/24/2004

Matthew Bisque

Software Bisque, Inc.

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Golden, Colorado 80403-8058

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