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Gives current information about orbital objects of interest

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Orbit provides an easy way to get a number of values, such as current latitude and longitude, from objects in space. Currently, any object with a corresponding Two Line Element (TLE) can be tracked. A list of supported objects is available from Celestrack at <http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/master.asp>. Usage looks like:

from orbit import satellite

# 25544 is the idenfier for the International Space Station # See http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/master.asp for an index # of identifiers.

iss = satellite(25544)

# Get the current lat/long of the satellite iss_current_latitude = iss.lat() iss_current_longitude = iss.long()

# Get the proper name of the satellite iss_name = iss.name()

# Get the elsat classificiation of the satellite iss_elsat_classification = iss.elsat_classification()

# Get the year the satellite launched iss_launch_year = iss.launch_year()

# Get the current TLE for the satellite iss_tle = iss.tle()

# Get the current elevation of the satellite iss_elevation = iss.elevation()

# True if the satellite is currently in the earth’s shadow iss_eclipsed = iss.eclipsed()

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