Bringing the Night Sky Closer: Discoveries in the Data Deluge

Citation:

Goodman AA, Wong C. Bringing the Night Sky Closer: Discoveries in the Data Deluge. In: The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery. ; 2009. Copy at http://www.is.gd/Rj2G6s

Abstract:

Throughout history, astronomers have been accustomed to data falling from the sky. But our relatively newfound ability to store the sky's data in "clouds" offers us fascinating new ways to access, distribute, use, and analyze data, both in research and in education. Here we consider three interrelated questions: (1) What trends have we seen, and will soon see, in the growth of image and data collection from telescopes? (2) How might we address the growing challenge of finding the proverbial needle in the haystack of this data to facilitate scientific discovery? (3) What visualization and analytic opportunities does the future hold?

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