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NASA SkyWatch Table Tab Help

**Click on a section of the user interface to provide detailed information.**

The Table Tab shows the results of all NASA SkyWatch processing. It is divided up into three sections:

  1. Acquisition Summary Data.
  2. Recovered Input Data.
  3. Detailed Tabular Data.

Additional Processing Functions

There are five push buttons at the bottom of the Table Tab that allow the user to process more passes or view the sky track.

  1. Next Pass - This button will instruct NASA SkyWatch to look for the next acquisition of the satellite at the current observer location. The search will begin at LOS, which means loss of signal, and proceed until the next acquisition has been determined. Note that the table will be erased and the SkyTrack will be reset with the new pass. You cannot process a preceding pass with this button. To view an earlier pass, you will need to change the threshold or vector time on the Input Tab.

  2. Next Sighting - This button will instruct NASA SkyWatch to look for the next sighting of the vehicle you entered. NASA SkyWatch will propagate forward and examine each acquisition and determine if a sighting is possible. If so, then the table of digital data will be filled out with the sighting.

  3. SkyTrack - One of the more exciting features of NASA SkyWatch! This will instruct NASA SkyWatch to show the SkyTrack display of the current pass. The sky track is the path the satellite will take as it would look against the stars as seen by the observer. This is an easier method for looking for sightings as it gives the exact location against known stars and constellations. Also included in the SkyTrack is the horizon, the Sun and the Moon. Major constellations and time tags are also included to help in finding the satellite. Each of these components of the SkyTrack is color-coded and can be changed from the default values on the Variables Tab.

  4. Stop - This button will stop all processing of NASA SkyWatch so you can enter or change any input data. Processing will resume when you press either the "Next Pass" or "Next Sighting" button.

  5. Print... - This button will open an additional browser window that shows the digital data in an easy to read table format. Note that you need to use your browser print function to actually print a hard copy.
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 09/23/2011
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