--- Version 2.3 released May 31, 2007 ---|
Today you can run SkyView on your own machine! You can get SkyView's capabilities without going through SkyView's Web site with the new SkyView-in-a-Jar tool.
Just download one file, the SkyView JAR, to get started. The SkyView JAR is executable so that you can use it immediately, e.g., try
java -jar skyview.jar survey=dss position=3c273after you download the file. This should generate a file output.fits with the an image of 3C273 from the Digitized Sky Survey.
You will need a recent version of Java (at least V1.5 or 5 depending upon whether whether you are talking about the development environment or language) or higher which is available for all major platforms. For Linux, Windows and SPARC platforms you can find the latest release through the Sun Java web pages . A MacOS/X version and installation instructions are also available.
This application supports the functionality of the SkyView Web pages for generating files. It includes essentially all the surveys available through the standard SkyView web interface. You can generate FITS and graphic images. The program lets you treat your own files as surveys and you can add other surveys linking tp external data you might be interested in. It is especially easy to add a survey when the data is available through the Virtual Observatory Simple Image Access protocol.
Most changes to version 2.3 were made in support of the SkyView Web but there have been some significant changes from V2.1.
SkyView has been developed with generous support from the NASA AISR and ADP programs (P.I. Thomas A. McGlynn) under the auspices of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) at the NASA/ GSFC Astrophysics Science Division.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of NASA and contributors of SkyView surveys.