rocklister

Rocklister queries the Minor Planet Center database for minor planets that are within a user-specified region at a given UT date and time. The region and date/time can be read from a FITS image header or explicitly specified. In addition, the user can specify the faintest limiting magnitude of the resulting list. The output listing gives apparent magnitude, celestial coordinates, x,y offsets from field center (arcmin),  motion (arcsec/hr), and MPC comments concerning additional observing assistance needed.

Usage: Uasge: rocklister [options] FITSimage

Known bugs: None

> rocklister -h

Program rocklister queries MPC online database for Asteroids and Comets

Options:

  --version   show program's version number and exit

  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

  -R RA       RA to search [hh:mm:ss] (optional, default use FITS header)

  -D DEC      DEC to search [dd:mm] (optional, default use FITS header)

  -r Radius   Search radius [arcmin], default 15

  -m LimMag   Limiting magnitude, default 20

  -d date     Date string [yyyy/mm/dd] (optional, default use FITS header)

  -t time     UT time [hh:mm] (optional, default use FITS header)

Example output:

rocklister -m 22 gbd33601.fts

Found 7  minor bodies with V < 22  within 15' radius of 08:06:00.0 +29:59:59.8 on 2016-12-01 at 09:45:27 UT

 Number   Name               V       RA(J2000)    Dec(J2000)      Offsets            Motion        Comment

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 (12795) 1995 VA2          18.20    08:05:57.90 +29:58:32.00   [  0.5', -1.5']   [ -4"/hr,  15"/hr]   None needed at this time

         2014 OG50            21.90    08:06:21.00 +30:04:46.00   [ -4.5',  4.8']   [-10"/hr,   3"/hr]   Desirable  2017 Jan. 21-Feb. 20. (164.5,+30.8,21.3

         2013 CB167          21.80    08:05:23.20 +29:58:33.00   [  8.0', -1.4']   [ -7"/hr,   7"/hr]   Leave for survey recovery

         2015 PJ281           21.50    08:06:29.70 +30:05:35.00   [ -6.4',  5.6']   [ -7"/hr,  14"/hr]   Leave for survey recovery

 (34746) 2001 QE91       17.30    08:05:11.70 +29:55:19.00   [ 10.4', -4.7']   [ -7"/hr,  11"/hr]   None needed at this time

(402522) 2006 DB205     21.70    08:06:37.30 +30:10:30.00   [ -8.1', 10.5']   [ -9"/hr,   4"/hr]   None needed at this time

(400682) 2009 PX15       21.70    08:05:01.90 +30:04:14.00   [ 12.6',  4.2']   [ -9"/hr,   6"/hr]   None needed at this time

© Robert Mutel 2018