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movecalc (movecalc-1.6) [xmmsas_20211130_0941-20.0.0]


movecalc and the related task iauephem are intended to facilitate the spatial analysis of observation data from moving objects such as comets or other solar system bodies. In still sky images generated from aspect corrected X/Y coordinates the spatial distribution of events from these objects can be very complex and depends on the projection of the object's track onto the image plane. This makes spatial event selection very hard of even impossible in cases where the object is too faint to clearly stand out against the X-ray background.

movecalc takes an event table with aspect corrected X/Y coordinate columns (as generated by task attcalc) and adds two new columns X_MOV/Y_MOV (different names can be specified via parameters xmovcol/ymovcol) containing the corresponding coordinates in a reference frame that is centered on the moving object at all times. This requires a second input table which defines the track of the object as a function of time. The table is created with the task iauephem and passed to movecalc via the parameter objtrack. movecalc shall interpolate the object tracking data in time on an event by event basis. This requires access to the event arrival times in a column TIME by default.

The new X_MOV/Y_MOV coordinate system is characterized by the following properties:

Please note: Geocentric parallax shifts are taken into account. This refers to the fact that the apparent direction from the satellite to the object does in general not coincide with its geocentric position vector. The effect is the bigger the closer the object is.

XMM-Newton SOC -- 2021-11-30