Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Kepler Mission: A Gold Mine of Variable Stars

The Kepler Mission was designed to find transiting, Earth-like exoplanets, by continuously observing over 100,000 stars in a field centered in the constellation of Cygnus. Two years into the mission, it is also providing an extraordinarily rich collection of time-series … Continue reading

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Software Sustainability Resources

One of my interests is techniques for software sustainability – how to go about producing software that be maintained and used over many years, even as platforms, browsers and operating systems mutate under it.  I have written two posts on … Continue reading

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The “Telescopes from Afar Conference” on Remotely Operated and Robotic Telescopes

My colleague Rob Seaman told me about this conference in Hawaii. The past few years have seen enormous advances in robotic telescopes, and this conference was dedicated to describing these telescopes and the many science projects they are attacking; see … Continue reading

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Scientific Visualization in Astronomy: Towards the Petascale Astronomy Era

This week’s post is about a fascinating paper by Amr Hassan and Christopher J. Fluke of Swinburne University of Technology in Australia on “Scientific Visualization in Astronomy: Towards the Petascale Astronomy Era” They provide a thorough review of visualization applications … Continue reading

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