Welcome to part one of our Space Apps roundup. We’ll be focusing on all the interesting asteroid-related projects that were hacked together at Space Apps 2014. Without further ado, here are projects which tried to solve the problems with sharing asteroid imagery, namely:
Design an open-source platform for sharing crowd-sourced asteroid imagery—including observations that have already have been logged, as well as newly observed Near Earth Objects. Consider integrating tools to make it easy for amateur astronomers around the world to contribute both primary and follow-up imagery. Imagery is most accessible to the general public when calibrated with astrometric and photometric reductions, then incorporated into an authoritative data set. Having access to this data set enables global citizens to help identify and characterize potentially dangerous Near Earth Objects.
Constelatio is a web application allowing users to share their most recent NEOs imagery, with observation data as well. Users will be able to upload and comment the images. We also provide a interactive orbital visualisation tool from asteroids’ observation data fetched from our database.
Pictroid will be a social platform for sharing space “pics.” Among other features, it will enable users to tag pics of NEOs (Near-Earth Objects) and other space objects with astronomical data. It will also provide a chatting and sharing system, as well as aggregating the data into larger graphs.
During the Space Apps Challenge, we were able to get an up-and-running version of the project, but it is a large endeavor for a small team, and as a result, the current version is a bit alpha.
Utilizing the Leap Motion hardware Halley’s Hitchhikers is a 3D Visualization platform that allows users to navigate the solar system. You can rotate and zoom in all directions using your hands floating over the keyboard. Gestures of pointing allows you to select asteroids and planets and zoom in for a 360 degree view of the chosen objects. Grabbing data from Nasa’s near Earth object program, we are rendering the asteroids accurately in distance and estimated size.
A short gallery about asteroids and a kind of filter to recognize the form of them and discard images that are not!
Astrodeo is an asteroid image sharing platform. Users can create an Astrodeo account by signing up with their Google or Twitter accounts. Once logged in, users can upload their images or follow other users. Each uploaded image can have data attached to it so other users can identify or observe it.