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.
Additionally, the Rosetta mission has provided a wealth of data which led to a huge leap forward in our understanding of comets, but a lot of work remains to be done.
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.
For more information on my work and tools, check my personal webpage.
- June 2014 - First tool being released is the Finson-Probstein diagram
- October 2016 - Release of my shapeViewer tool:
a dedicated 3d model visualizer for geomorphologic analysis of small bodies.
Open sourceScience must be reproducible. This means that not only data has to be publicly available, but also the tools that led to a given interpretation.
In that spirit, all code presented in this website is distributed under a BSD license, available in the header of each file.
The code can be consulted directly from the sources of these webpages (Ctrl+U in Firefox and Chrome).
It can also be accessed and improved through a public repository hosted by Bitbucket.
This research has made use of the webtool www.comet-toolbox.com (J.-B. Vincent, 2014).
and the reference for the Finson-Probstein diagram:
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.
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Vincent
DLR Institute of Planetary Research
Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany