Tom Wyant
and 1 contributors

Changes for version 0.061_01

  • Computation of (perhaps very) approximate magnitudes for satellites is now supported. Changes to support this include:
    • A magnitude() method on all classes that represent satellites;
    • An intrinsic_magnitude attribute (defaulting to undef) on Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE objects;
    • Default intrinsic_magnitude to 7 on Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE::Iridium objects;
    • A canned table of intrinsic magnitudes in Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE which includes most of the objects in the Celestrak visual list, with magnitudes from Mike McCants' and files;
    • Support in the Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE parse() method to set the magnitude of satellites that are in the table;
    • Static method magnitude_table() on Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE to maintain the canned magnitude table;
    • Modify the Astro::Coord::ECI::Sun magnitude() method to take an observing station argument (which is ignored) to be consistent with the same-named Astro::Coord::ECI::TLE method.
  • The precess() and precess_dynamical() methods now do nothing to objects set to Earth-fixed coordinates. Previously they were converted to Ecliptic (and therefore inertial) coordinates, which manifested as a bug when the observing station was an attribute of a star. Support new (to us) Space Track JSON keys FILE, OBJECT_TYPE, ORDINAL and ORIGINATOR with same-named (except for being lower case) attributes. Method body_type() now returns the 'object_type' attribute if that is defined. If not it computes its return from the object name, like it always has.
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