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  1. Request For Comments
  2. RFC-271

Standardized schema for proper motions in reference catalogs

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    • Status: Implemented
    • Resolution: Done
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      We will need to apply proper motion corrections (when available) to our reference catalogs when generating astrometric solutions. We have no current standardized schema for these columns. Following suggestions from price following the lead of Pan-STARRS, I propose the following column names and units.

      pmRa -- Proper motion in the RA coordinate (mas/yr; float32)
      pmRaErr -- Error in proper motion in the RA coordinate (mas/yr; float32)
      pmDec -- Proper motion in the Declination coordinate (mas/yr; float32)
      pmDecErr -- Error in proper motion in the Declination coordinate (mas/yr; float32)
      epoch -- Mean epoch (TAI MJD for which the position needs no proper motion correction; float64)
      

      Note that the definitions above allow direct application of the proper motion correction by multiplying pmRa and pmDec by the difference in epoch in units of years. If the angular distance travelled is to be calculated a correction term to pmRa of cos(Dec) is required (or one could do the dot product in Cartesian 3-space).

      If pmRaErr or pmDecErr are missing, zero error will be assumed. If any of pmRa, pmDec, or epoch are missing, no proper motion correction will be applied.

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            ctslater Colin Slater added a comment -

            It would definitely be nice to have automatic support for reading Angles in different units, but in the absence of such a feature I won't object to storing radians.

            ctslater Colin Slater added a comment - It would definitely be nice to have automatic support for reading Angles in different units, but in the absence of such a feature I won't object to storing radians.
            jbosch Jim Bosch added a comment -

            I took a look at support for different Angle units in afw.table, and documented my findings on DM-15174.  I do not have time to work on it now, but if rowen feels comfortable taking that on (and it's consistent with what he's scheduled to do), it does sound like it may be worth doing before settling the schema question.

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            jbosch Jim Bosch added a comment - I took a look at support for different Angle units in afw.table, and documented my findings on DM-15174 .  I do not have time to work on it now, but if rowen feels comfortable taking that on (and it's consistent with what he's scheduled to do), it does sound like it may be worth doing before settling the schema question.  -
            tjenness Tim Jenness added a comment -

            Are we close to adopting this again?

            tjenness Tim Jenness added a comment - Are we close to adopting this again?
            jbosch Jim Bosch added a comment -

            I've reassigned this to rowen.  I am okay with where we landed in the last few comments; I'll let him accept if he is as well.

            jbosch Jim Bosch added a comment - I've reassigned this to rowen .  I am okay with where we landed in the last few comments; I'll let him accept if he is as well.
            rowen Russell Owen added a comment - - edited

            Adopted using jbosch's proposal.

            Angle fields will be stored as radians, and proper motion as radians/year, for now. I filed RFC-502 suggesting we add support for persisting angles in other units.

            rowen Russell Owen added a comment - - edited Adopted using jbosch 's proposal . Angle fields will be stored as radians, and proper motion as radians/year, for now. I filed RFC-502 suggesting we add support for persisting angles in other units.

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              rowen Russell Owen
              krughoff Simon Krughoff (Inactive)
              Christopher Waters, Colin Slater, Jim Bosch, John Parejko, Kian-Tat Lim, Paul Price, Robert Lupton, Russell Owen, Simon Krughoff (Inactive), Tim Jenness
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