Welcome to the SkyMorph GSFC Home Page
Note: SkyMorph's data server at JPL has been
moved. A decompression algorithm is now slightly different
so there may small (expected to be undetectible by eye or significant
in photometry) differences
in the images retrieved at a given area.
We apologize for the downtime associated with the transition. The issue
seems to have been a cached security profile in JPLs network server that
made the new server invisible to the outside world. Once this cache
was flushed the archive was again active
The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, and dim when
least expected. Some even explode as supernova. Exotic objects such as
gamma ray bursters or magnetars can make their presence known when formerly
non-descript objects, perhaps in other galaxies, brighten and fade.
Quasars and other extra-galactic sources can show evidence for prodigious
energy outbursts. Nearer and dearer to us, asteroids and comets streak
across the sky, at times uncomfortably close to the Earth.
SkyMorph enables searches for variable, moving or transient objects. It
provides convenient access to optical images and catalogs generated by the
Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) program. These include 693,905 (as of March 28 2010)
CCD images covering a large fraction of the sky. The same region is
typically observed several times each
night, and is revisited on monthly and yearly timescales.
You can elect to search the NEAT catalogs for objects in your selected
region and you can generate SkyView images to compare the NEAT data with.
For moving objects you may check if an object is visible in NEAT and many
other sources including Spacewatch, the original and second generation
Digitized Sky Surveys (DSS and DSS2), HST and other sources.
Moving object searches use ephemerides generated dynamically using NASA's
Horizons project. SkyMorph was developed under NASA's Applied Information Systems Research
SkyMorph was developed under NASA's AISR program. The SkyMorph
team is headed by Principal Investigator
Steven Pravdo (NASA/JPL).
The SkyMorph web site has been developed and is maintained
by Thomas McGlynn (NASA/GSFC/USRA).
Thanks to Albert Mendez (USNA) and the Spacewatch team for access
to and integration of Spacewatch data.
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