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The Minor Planet Observer
Palmer Divide Observatory

2007 Shoemaker Grant Recipient

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Displaying 3-D Models

MPO LCInvert displays 3-D models of asteroids using Open GL. There are two type of views.

Model View

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The Model View displays a 3-D rendering of the model that can be animated. The viewing angles and "camera zoom" can be changed to provide different looks at the model. As a check of the quality of the model, the original lightcurve data can be compared to the lightcurve data generated by the model.


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The 4-Vane View displays four fixed views of the selected model: from over the north pole, from over the south pole, from above the equator at local noon, and from the equator at the sunrise line. Unlike the Model View, the views are fixed. The only options are to change the zoom value (make the four models change size) and the rotation rate scaling (seconds / hour)


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