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Armchair cosmology

  1. Apr 4, 2005 #1


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    I thought this was pretty interesting:

    Title: Virtual Observatory: From Concept to Implementation
    Authors: S.G. Djorgovski, R. Williams

    Is this the beginning of an era of armchair cosmology?
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  3. Apr 4, 2005 #2
    At our school's astro dept we just hired a new prof whose skills were best summed up as a "data miner" who went through SEDS data and prettied it up, noticed what was interesting, etc. Never plans to actually apply for telescope time herself. Astronomy is changing for certain.
  4. Apr 5, 2005 #3


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    "Armchair astronomy" has been around for some time now - with both the 'raw' and 'processed' data from so many top observatories in the public domain, anyone with a broadband internet connection, a half-way decent PC, the appropriate software, and time and interest, has been able to do research that only a few decades ago many professional astronomers would have killed for!

    The 'virtual observatory' initiatives just make the combining of datasets from different observatories, instruments, bands, epochs, etc a whole lot easier. Long live data miners! :smile:
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