Matt Gray

Seriously!

Feb 14, 2003

Okay, what the hell. I’m going over this multiple-gigabyte sized database of stellar coordinates, when I notice that one of the declination values (in sexagesimal form) has a :60:00 in it. Theoretically impossible, since you multiply the decimal times 60 minutes to convert.. so I’m guessing that the coord. was x.99 and it rounded incorrectly, refusing to update the hours, and adding the extra 1 to the minutes, leaving me with an impossible declination! Not only does this happen once, it happens a lot in the data set I’m working with! Either this means lots of work verifying each point is correct and fixing the values, or it means that the software that extracted the values is flawed- either way I am screwed.

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