Will Comets Be added to Stellarium?

Asked by mudbubble on 2009-11-25

Im wondring if comets will be added or already have been added..

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2010-06-12
Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #1

It depends on what do you mean by "added".

Currently, objects with cometary orbits can be added to the ssystem.ini file (Solar System), though they are rendered as asteroid-like (or star-like) bodies.

Realistic rendering of comets is included in the TO DO list:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pzCE9lji7oA_mC9xe5j6cPw

At the moment, there's only one comet included in ssystem.ini by default - Comet McNaught.

You can read about adding new ones in the Stellarium Wiki:
http://www.stellarium.org/wiki/index.php/Solar_System_Objects

Andreas Steinel's on-line parser helps adding bodies using information from the JPL/HORIZONS database:
http://projects.familie-steinel.de/stellarium-comet-jpl/

Ken Mitchell (kenwd0elq) said : #2

The current (2010-06-11) rendering of the location of Comet McNaught doesn't seem to match the descriptions from www.spaceweather.com or the depictions at http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/WEB_McNaught_Path.pdf. Are there any (easy!) ways to enter updated information into Stellarium for transient phenomena like comets?

Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #3

The comet included in Stellarium is C/2006 P1:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_McNaught

I guess that you are asking about C/2009 R1:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2009_R1

Robert McNaught happens to be a very prolific comet hunter. :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._McNaught

The "new" McNaught is not included in Stellarium. You can use this on-line parser to add it to Stellarium's solar system objects:
http://projects.familie-steinel.de/stellarium-comet-jpl/

In the future, please don't ask questions as comments to other people's questions if the issue is not exactly the same. Launchpad's Answers feature is more "support tickets" than "discussion forum".

Ken Mitchell (kenwd0elq) said : #4

Never mind! Turns out that McNaught is a very active comet hunter, and the one currently visible in the sky isn't the one programmed into Stellarium. My apologies.

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