Monthly Archives: May 2008


Today at 6 PM EDT we celebrate the sidereal anniversary of the public release of the new Java based SkyView web site. Completely changing our server-side hardware and software, CGI scripts and documentation was a bit of a risk, but … Continue reading

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SkyView at the IVOA

I’ve been at the International Virtual Observatory Alliance meeting in Trieste Italy this week. SkyView has had a bit of visibility here. The WorldWideTelescope use of SkyView surveys was prominently mentioned in Jonathan Fay’s presentation on the WWT, and SkyView … Continue reading

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NEAT Simple Image Access Fix

There was an error in the VO Simple Image Access (SIA) server for the SkyMorph/NEAT database.  It had an error in its error handling. When an SIA call results in an error the service is supposed to return a specified … Continue reading

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SkyView in the WWT

The release of Microsoft’s WorldWideTelescope this week made a big splash with articles in the New York Times and other media. It’s a very nice interface where you can just zoom and pan and compare data in a very elegant … Continue reading

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Duplicate EPOCHs in GALEX data

If you’ve tried the new GALEX survey from the command line, you may have noticed some messages Warning: Multiple occurrences of key: EPOCH popping up. Many of the GALEX FITS files have two EPOCH keywords in their headers. Fortunately they … Continue reading

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Corrected Astrometry for DSS Plates

We’ve updated the astrometry for two DSS plates: XJ643 and XP338. These are at RA,Dec of 180.62,14.74 and 282.84,40.08 in the DSS2 Blue and Red respectively. Thanks to Sergei Goshko at for pointing out the discrepancies.

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New ImageFinders and Faster FITS

The GALEX release was accompanied by a few other changes. The one that some users may notice is that for surveys where the data is gzip compressed, SkyView should be a little faster. SkyView was sometimes reading the entire image … Continue reading

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GALEX survey available!

SkyView now includes data from GALEX. This is a major new survey for us. GALEX provides high resolution images in the ultraviolet for about a quarter of the sky. This fills a substantial hole in the resolution/regime coverage for SkyView. … Continue reading

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Circular images, GALEX and Image Finders.

In the past week we’ve begun the process of adding the GALEX near and far UV data into SkyView. Assuming we don’t run into unexpected problems it should be available sometime next week. One issue that did come up is … Continue reading

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