Context. In a series of three previous papers, formulation and specifics of the representation of world coordinate transformations in FITS data have been presented. This fourth paper deals with encoding time.
Aims: Time on all scales and precisions known in astronomical datasets is to be described in an unambiguous, complete, and self-consistent manner.
Methods: Employing the well-established World Coordinate System (WCS) framework, and maintaining compatibility with the FITS conventions that are currently in use to specify time, the standard is extended to describe rigorously the time coordinate.
Results: World coordinate functions are defined for temporal axes sampled linearly and as specified by a lookup table. The resulting standard is consistent with the existing FITS WCS standards and specifies a metadata set that achieves the aims enunciated above.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- February 2015
- methods: data analysis;
- techniques: miscellaneous;
- astronomical databases: miscellaneous;
- reference systems;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- FITS WCS Paper IV: Time. 27 pages, 11 tables