a very dangerous bug - incorrectly interpreting coordinates

Oleg Kargaltsev 2 years ago updated by Deborah Baines 2 years ago 4

Typing RA as 14.4 and 014.4 sends user to two very different placess on the sky. EsaSky correctly interprets 014.4 and incorrectly 14.4. Obviously, most people (all?) will not type 014.4 but will type it as 14.4. Also, most catalogs have coordinates this way!  This will lead to countless and serious mistakes by students and also researchers.

It seems that this has been a problem for >6 months (at least it was reported that long ago). If this is not possible to fix, for some reason, a BIG WARNING MESSAGE IN RED needs to be placed on top of the main EsaSky page to prevent users from making many frustrating mistakes.

Thank you,

Oleg Kargaltsev

Dear Oleg,

We have released a new version of ESASky and the issue typing RA as, for example, 14.4 has been fixed and goes to the same location in the sky as 014.4. Let us know if you find any issues and many thanks for reporting this.

Kind regards,

On behalf of the ESASky Team

Dear Oleg,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Indeed, this is a very confusing behavior, which needs to be addressed. I'll make sure this is improved in our upcoming 3.5 release.

Thanks again,

Henrik Norman

On behalf of the ESASky Team