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ASTEROID 4.2 is a Linux, and 32bit Windows program to help locate asteroids in the night sky.

Announcement: Version 4.2, Build 43 is here! Updated calculations for more accurate positions. It has access to all solar system moons (currently about 170) PLUS over 100 asteroid moons as well. There will be a new Solar system explorer page to view the planets/moons/asteroid from ANY position. Here is a sample development screenshot.Screen Shot
Version 4.2 is here in an Alpha release Build 43 for Linux.

Download LINUX Version 4.2 Alpha/Beta release. (NOW)
First, get the file and copy to your asteroid directory. It has all the common files you need.
The grab the file for the linux executable and INSTALL instructions.
Allegro Asteroid File Name Status Description
X 24th July 2011 Common files (8.6M) data and doc/manual files
X 24th July 2011 Build 43 (260k) Linux binary and INSTALL guide
X allegro-4.2.2-12.fc11.i586.rpm Allegro graphics Library 4.2.2 (630k) Allegro for Fedora 11 in rpm format

Linux Users: Be sure to install the Allegro library version 4.2.2 first (as root). Then unzip the to a convenient place such as ~/prog/asteroid. Then unzip the files in the same directory.

Run ./asteroid to start the program. You may have to use "asteroid 800" or "asteroid 24" to access higher resolution or true colour modes.
Build 43 includes a command line option to load up to 400,000 asteroids if you have the memory and the latest copy of astorb.dat from Lowell Observatory. Use "asteroid 800 3300000" after you have updated the database.

Note: This is an Alpha/Beta release! Many functions are incomplete and some menu items are NOT fully working yet. I will update them as I get time. Please be patient. Feedback/wish lists requested..

What does version 4.0 look like??

Screen Shot
Sample screen shot and saved image showing M104 and several asteroids along with optional UCAC2 stars in the Telescope view (Alternative skin) running Fedora Core 5.

Stars to mag 9.0 from Tycho2, Tycho2 stars to mag 12 (40MB file) and UCAC2 stars to mag 16 (480MB file) available on request, colour coded according to spectrum, thousands of Asteroids from the Lowell observatory database, 1200 deep sky objects plus Sun and Planets.

History (brief).

Alpha 01: 1st Apr 1999; Help is no help! PPM and HIP catalogs, rough menu only.
Alpha 02: 1st May 1999; Help now works, Telescope installed. Finder enabled.
Alpha 03: 9th May 1999; Find the moon, size the moon.
Alpha 04..08 June 1999; Cosmetic changes. Not posted until 08 build
Alpha 08p: 13th July 1999; patch file, 2000 asteroids, names in the telescope.
Alpha 09p: 3rd March 2000; 3000 asteroids, Stars look like stars in the telescope.
Alpha 09p: 1st August 2000; Preliminary test release for LINUX operating system.
Alpha 10: Constellation names/borders. User objects added. Access to 10,000 MPs in block mode.
Alpha 11: Ephemeris menu working. Place.txt to edit... Includes CCD list and telescope frame.
Alpha 12: Appulse/Conjunctions between Asteroids and between asteroids/stars. Neat, includes GOTO.
Alpha 13: Over 700 odd observatories, fixed embarassing ephemeris glitch. Where will the asteroids be tomorrow?
Alpha 13 patch: Add support for TYCHO2 star catalog.
Alpha 33: Linux files now match the windows version.
Alpha 35: up to 350,000 asteroids...
Build 42 update: Adds 100 asteroid shapes for the solar system simulator based on the DAMIT database.
Build 43 update: Improved Earth calculation gives better asteroid positions.

With extra features, ASTEROID now requires serious horsepower to run. Try a Pentium for quick updates; a 400 MHz is usable, but a little slow.

Asteroid Links...

Asteroid appulses
Asteroid Occultations
Astorb gzip file
MPML Home page
MPCORB asteroid data
MPC Asteroid Ephemeris
Win Reduction software
Project Pluto source code
Brian Warner MP newsletter
Photo Calibration LONEOS Stars
IOTA Asteroid Occ
Garrad LINKS
Minor Planet Center
MPML Members Page

RASNZ Occultations

Contact yours truly:

For further information about my work or the items mentioned above, please email me!

Late Breaking News..

Um.. There isn't any!
Well, I've made a test release for Linux systems. Try it and send me an email with all the problems...

Who am I?
I am a Professional Electrical Engineer and sometime programmer with an interest in animation graphics, raytracing and astronomy. I do most of my programming in C and a little asm when necessary. I have also used Visual Basic and am currently trying out Linux.

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