Category Archives: Discussion

SkyView to include HEALPix and WMAP

For some while we have been looking at how to put the data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP) into SkyView. The WMAP data are central to our current understanding of cosmology. However WMAP images are generally stored in … Continue reading

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Features in the Gallery: Looking at the Big Picture

This image from 2008-12-10 09:39:28 is pretty interesting… It looks like we are seeing some very special object with rings around it. What’s going on here? This is a COMPTEL image, one of the lowest resolution surveys we have in … Continue reading

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Features in the Gallery: Worms in Space

This image from 2008-12-06 15:57:53 shows a very interesting feature that looks like a giant worm squirming amongst the stars. In fact it’s actually a tiny hair that got on the photographic plate sometime in the process of taking, developing … Continue reading

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Features in the Gallery: Very Bright Stars

Lots of people are using the Image gallery. One popular theme is to find images that look very peculiar. E.g., look at the image in the gallery from 2008-11-29 19:02:44 This is a very peculiar looking field in the DSS. … Continue reading

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SkyView at the IVOA: SAMP

Last week the semi-annual International Virtual Observation Alliance (IVOA) meeting was held in Baltimore.  SkyView got a few mentions notably it’s library for transformation among world coordinate systems and a little bit when we saw a new version of the … Continue reading

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SkyView LogLog scaling

SDSS Image of 3c273 with standard log scaling. SDSS Image of 3C273 with new LogLog scaling. If you compare an SDSS image versus one for another optical survey like the DSS, there usually appears to be a lot less there. … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Survey Upload Feature

We are working on the capability to enable users to incorporate their own data into SkyView to take advantage of the geometry engine and image processing tools that SkyView offers. User data can be shared in the SkyView-In-A-Jar application and … Continue reading

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Changes to names of dynamically loaded classes.

Unless you’re interested in the SkyView internals you probably don’t need to read this one! None of the changes discussed below will affect how SkyView is called or what it does. If you have been building your own version of … Continue reading

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Anniversary!!

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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