JPL Small-Body Database Browser Has A New NON-Java ‘Orbit Diagram’ Viewer.
Click to ENLARGE.
I discovered this, to my utter joy, yesterday, when I was researching the rogue asteroid, 2018 GE3, that whizzed past Earth on Sunday with nary a notice. You can see the orbital diagram for that above, in the NEW orbital viewer.
It is NOT Java-based. That is so, so good. Running Java applets had become such a pain — with Web browsers, like Chrome, quite rightly, obsessing about the security vulnerabilities.
I had more or less stopped using the JPL Small-Body Database because the orbital viewer no longer worked.
And then … BINGO. Voila!
It is brilliant. Very nifty and has a built in screenshot capture as well as full-screen mode. You couldn’t ask for more.
Thank YOU, JPL. Good use of our taxpayer dollars.
Check Category ‘astronomy’.