Category Archives: Virtual Observatory

From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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VO Interfaces at the CSIRO ASKAP Science Data Archive (CASDA).

This week, I am reporting on a presentation I heard by James Dempsey of CSIRO at the IVOA meeting in Sydney, November 2015. You can download the presentation at the meeting site here. ASKAP is the Australian SKA Pathfinder, a … Continue reading

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The dot Astronomy 6 Conference

For my last post of 2014, I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the on-line material about the dot Astronomy 6 Conference, held this year at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, on December 8-10. This annual meeting on on-line astronomy … Continue reading

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The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory: Cloud-Based Mock Galaxy Catalogues

Bernyk et al. (2014) (MNRAS 2014 on press; astro-ph preprint here) have described a much needed on-line service that I am sure many astronomers will welcome, the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO), described as an “on-line an online virtual laboratory that houses … Continue reading

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Cosmology, Computers and the VisIVO package.

We all know how massively parallel programming is assuming ever greater importance in astronomy. This week, I  describe the Visual Interface for the Virtual Observatory (VisIVO) package and describe how it was used to visualize the results of a cosmological … Continue reading

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Bringing the VO to Astronomers: Command Line Access To VO Services

One of the goals of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) is to bring the Virtual Observatory to astronomers; that is, provide access to worldwide data sets through tools and environments that astronomers use everyday. A poster paper, reproduced below, presented … Continue reading

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