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Paper: Fixing Images Observation Dates Thanks to Asteroids
Volume: 495, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIV (ADASS XXIV)
Page: 571
Authors: Derriere; S.
Abstract: An important piece of metadata for any astronomical image is the date and time at which it was observed (and the exposure time). Unfortunately, the values of the observation epoch found in the FITS headers of digitized photographic plates, for example, are not always accurate. There can be many different sources of error: mistakes in the original observation log, errors when converting between different dates and time format (calendar date, Julian days, decimal years, etc.). We present in this paper an analysis of the different values that can be found for the observation epoch of several image sets in various metadata sources. We show how the presence of known asteroids in the field of view can be used to recover the correct time values with a good accuracy.
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