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The JPL archive has been restored and NEAT data are again available (May 7)

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 (AISR) program.

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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.
A service of the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA/ GSFC
HEASARC Director: Dr. Alan Smale

Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman