Database of Asteroid Models from Inversion Techniques – more about DAMIT

This version of DAMIT is now deprecated and will be completely switched off after 31 March 2020. The models contained here will not be updated after 31 October 2019. Please start using the new DAMIT version 3 available at https://astro.troja.mff.cuni.cz/projects/damit.


Project ‒ About

What is DAMIT?

DAMIT (pronounced /ˈdæmɪt/ or /ˈdʌmɪt/; abbreviation of Database of Asteroid Models from Inversion Techniques) is a database of three-dimensional models of asteroids that were computed using inversion techniques. The database and its web interface is operated by The Astronomical Institute of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

A paper describing DAMIT has been published by Ďurech et al. (2010), DAMIT: a database of asteroid models, A&A, 513, A46, ADS: 2010A&A...513A..46D, preprint (PDF 1.4 MiB).

Any comments, questions and/or suggestions are welcome at durech@sirrah.troja.mff.cuni.cz (Josef Ďurech, administrator).

Technical details

Project name: Database of Asteroid Models from Inversion Techniques (DAMIT, pronounced /ˈdæmɪt/ or /ˈdʌmɪt/)

Web address: http://astro.troja.mff.cuni.cz/projects/asteroids3D

Software environment:

  • Apache (Apache HTTP Server) – a web server serving DAMIT's web interface; website: http://httpd.apache.org/.
  • PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) – a scripting language used for constructing the HTML output of DAMIT's web interface; website: http://www.php.net/.
  • MySQL (My–Structured Query Language) – a database system, the core of DAMIT; website: http://www.mysql.com/.

This web interface has been inspired by Wikipedia and uses some of its graphics.