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THE IMCCE VIRTUAL OBSERVATORY
SOLAR SYSTEM PORTAL
Observatoire de Paris / CNRS

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Welcome to the IMCCE Virtual Observatory Solar System portal
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SSODNet SkyBoT Miriade Skybot3D AstroId SsoTEP VO SSO Portal

.: The IMCCE VO project

The IMCCE is a research institute of the Paris Observatory of Paris, associated with the CNRS (UMR8028), whose work concerns mainly the dynamic and planetologic studies of the bodies of the solar system and of the terrestrial environment: planets, natural satellites, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. For this reason, IMCCE has the ambition to place at the disposal of the Virtual observatory its knowledge and its expertise concerning the dynamics and the physics of the bodies of the solar system through databases, ephemeris computation services, tools of simulation, and numerical computation services fully compliant with the interoperability concept of the Virtual Observatory.

The first stage of VO-IMCCE project consisted, in 2003, to carry out an interconnection between VizieR (CDS) and the IMCCE service of calculation of ephemerides for the asteroids. In 2004, we began the development of tools and services in the framework of the Virtual Observatory. In particular, we carried out the development of the SkyBoT service of research and identification of solar system bodies in an unspecified area of the sky. This service was put in production in January 2006 through the VO portal Aladin (CDS), through Web service and query forms on the IMCCE web site, and through various softwares (WCS tools, Audela).

In 2006 and 2007, we undertook the development of five other VO services of which we constructed prototypes. They will be put gradually in production between 2008 and 2010. The figure above shows the main services that are proposed on the portal.

.: Credit and partners

The VO Solar System Portal is developed by the VO team of the IMCCE, with the support of the VO Paris Data Centre of the Paris observatory, the Institut national des sciences de l'univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) through the project ASOV-France (Action Spécifique Observatoire Virtuel), and the Ministère de l'Education Nationale.

The VO Solar System Portal could be developed thanks to the efforts of the international astronomical community, through the International Virtual Observatory alliance (IVOA), which led to the construction of the Virtual Observatory. We are thankful, in particular, for the technical and human assistance brought by the European Virtual Observatory (EURO-VO) project and the Centre de Données astronomique de Strasbourg (CDS).

The VO Solar System Portal is the result of many years of fruitful collaborations with worldwide astronomers and science teams, in particular the TOP team of the Lagrange laboratory (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France), and F. Marchis of the SETI Institute (USA).

The Miriade ephemeris service and the SsODNet information system have been supported by the Europlanet project, a four-year (2008-2012) Coordination Action supported by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme.

The IMCCE services use the web-based Mantis Bug Tracker system to allow users to report issues, or to request for improvements of the services.