I have extracted some of the data fields from the Yale Bright Star
Catalogue and converted them to SDL. This catalog contains all
nighttime stars of magnitude 6.5 and brighter (roughly all nighttime
stars visible to the naked eye), plus a few dimmer ones. The
BrightStar5 module includes more data fields than the include file
Rarius published a while back, including catalog designations and color
data. Macros are included for star coloration and Bayer designation
labels. You can also seek individual stars by Bayer, Draper, Flamsteed,
or SAO designations.
Rarius stated that the catalog is in the public domain. I could not
determine the intellectual property status from the published sources,
and in the process of trying to find out, I ended up having a very nice
phone conversation with one of the authors, Dr. Warren!
The 5th edition of the catalog, as it stands, is in a preliminary state.
(The primary author died in 2007.) There is no projected date for
POV-Ray 3.7.1 beta 2 will crash hard with this module. Think Bayer
designations, and if you've been following p.beta-test, you'll know
exactly why it crashes. Some of the 3.7.1 alphas (including some 2015
vintages) also crashed, but 3.7.0 works fine. The latest master passes,
so everything should be fine when beta 3 is released.
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