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Bug#795933: ITP: astrometry-data-tycho2 -- Star catalogs for astrometry.net from Tycho-2

Package: wnpp
Owner: Ole Streicher <olebole@debian.org>
Severity: wishlist
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org,debian-astro@lists.debian.org

* Package name    : astrometry-data-tycho2
  Version         : 41
  Upstream Author : Dustin Lang
* URL             : http://data.astrometry.net/
* License         : To Be Investigated
  Description     : Star catalogs for astrometry.net from Tycho-2
 Astrometry.net needs complete catalogs of star positions, which
 are provided with several resolutions in these packages.

This catalogue has a much smaller footprint than the 2MASS catalog
and may be packaged locally instead of downloaded. However, the license
is unclear; the catalog hoster (Centre de Données astronomiques de
Strasbourg [1]) seems to use a science-related,
commercial-restricted license for their catalogs, which already caused
a lengthy discussion about the same catalog for kstars [2]. However,
the discussion there was about the catalog hoster, not the catalog
itself For this, I started to contact the original author and will
start a dicussion within the astronomy community to see if and how we
can free the catalog (kstars will then benefit as well).

The package will be maintained within the Debian Astronomy Team.

Best regards


[1]  http://cds.u-strasbg.fr/
[2] https://bugs.debian.org/681654

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