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 with just a few hiccups everything worked out pretty well. We have been pleased with how smoothly the initial transition went and with how the system has worked over the past year.
SkyView has generated about 1.8 million images in this year. The VLSS, IRIS, BAT and GALEX surveys have been released and the RASS background surveys have been completely updated. All of the DSS and DSS2 data is now incorporated as local data in SkyView. In the next year we plan on releasing a new survey publication interface so users can add their own surveys to SkyView. SkyView surveys have been incorporated with Microsoft’s new WorldWideTelescope and serve images to Caltech’s VIM tool.
Overall we believe this has been a good year. Let us know what you’d like to see in SkyView over the coming year.