HSTPAEC - HST Planned and Archived Exposures Catalog
This is the HST Planned and Archived Exposures Catalog (PAEC) as obtained
from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Archive which created
the original compilation from their Archive and Proposal databases.
This database table provides a summary of all approved HST observations,
including already completed observations and those which are planned
to be executed as part of the current cycle or are reserved for execution
by Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) programs for the upcoming cycles.
This database table provides a summary of both planned and completed HST
observations. Much more information can be obtained about each exposure, and
the data themselves can be retrieved, using STScI's Multimission Archive (URL
is http://archive.stsci.edu/hst/) or STScI's Archive Web Interface (URL is
http://archive.stsci.edu/hst/search.php). Note that a number of solar system and
other objects have 0 values for their 2000 equinox RA and declination
coordinates in the original HST table and hence also in this HEASARC
This HEASARC version of the HSTPAEC will be updated on a regular basis,
usually within one month of the data files on the STScI Web site
(URL http://archive.stsci.edu/hst/paec.html) being updated.
The original data files can be downloaded from the STScI Hubble Data Archive
(HDA) at http://archive.stsci.edu/hst/paec.html.
This database table is recreated by the HEASARC on a routine basis, usually
within one month of the PAEC data files at the STScI Hubble Data Archive
(HDA) being modified.
The single data product associated with the entries in this table is
a GIF preview file available at the Space Telescope Science Institute
HST Archive for which the HEASARC provides a link.
The HEASARC has added an additional field to this database table that is not
present in the STScI database table. The proposal_exposure_id field is a
simple numerical counter of the exposures, both planned and archived, that
belong to each proposal ID. The values are assigned according to the order of
the exposures in STScI's PAEC data files. This field was added so that
multiple exposures of the same target with the same configuration and
proposal ID could be uniquely identified.
The name of the target. In some cases, the name may have been truncated
to 16 characters, which is the maximum space allowed for this field in this
The right ascension of the target in the default equinox.
The declination of the target in the default equinox.
The galactic longitude of the target.
The galactic latitude of the target.
The instrument configuration.
The instrument operating mode.
The apertures used. Multiple apertures are delimited by semicolons.
The spectral elements used. Multiple elements are
delimited by semicolons.
The "central" wavelength of the observation, in Angstroms (AA).
A flag indicating whether corrective optics were used (i.e., COSTAR,
WFPC2), where 'T' means that they were and 'F' means that they were not.
The length of the exposure time, in seconds.
The unique number assigned to each proposal.
This field has been added by the HEASARC to uniquely
differentiate between multiple exposures of the same target in a given
The proposal cycle for the observation.
The dataset name, if the observation has been completed,
will uniquely identify the data for the given exposure; otherwise, it will
contain "PLANNED" if the observation has not yet been made.
The date on which the observation becomes/became public.
Questions regarding the HSTPAEC database table can be addressed to the
HEASARC User Hotline.
If you have any problems, please consult the help
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