ConceptThe last few years have seen a rise in the popularity of comets, on both professional and amateur levels.
Many cometary events, sometimes visible without a telescope, have triggered worldwide campaigns of ground and space based observations. For instance: the explosion of comet 17P/Holmes, the sungrazers C/2006 P1 (McNaught) and C/2012 S1 (ISON), or the forthcoming close encounter of C/2013 A1 (Siding Springs) and Mars.
With the overwhelming amount of data available, it becomes more and more important to release the models we use to analyze these events. This ensures not only that more people get the opportunity to investigate the data, but is also beneﬁcial for the science itself as everybody is able to see, use, and improve the models.
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Models availableAs of the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2014 conference, the ﬁrst tool being released is the Finson-Probstein diagram.
This model will be followed by a full simulation of cometary dust tails, to be released in late 2014.
Additionally, each publication making use of this tool must include the following acknowledgement:
This research has made use of the webtool www.comet-toolbox.com (J.-B. Vincent, 2014).
and the reference:
Vincent, J.-B., Comet-toolbox: numerical simulations of cometary dust tails in your browser,
Asteroids Comets Meteors conference, 2014, Helsinki
A full length scientific paper containing all details of the model will be available in the near future.
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