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Sesame in xml: New schema

Posted by Francois Ochsenbein on 22 November 2008 14:43 CET

The Sesame server ( converts names of astronomical objects into a position. It has an XML output which schema was turned by default to version 4 (

The sesame server is also available as a direct HTTP-GET engine, or as a Web service.
It converts the name of an astronomical source (outside the Solar System) into a position in the IRCS (J2000) reference frame, using Simbad, NED and VizieR databases.

The new version (4) returns more Simbad parameters, and can resolve several target names in a single call. The previous version (2) may still be accessed if necessary. Details are given in the
Sesame documentation.

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