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30 Nov 2023 12:46:44 EST (-0500)
  The Bright Star Catalogue  
From: Cousin Ricky
Date: 8 Feb 2017 08:04:29
Message: <589b175d$1@news.povray.org>
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 
final publication.

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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