Latest Virtual Observatory Stories

2009-11-24 15:54:48

Access to data from the ESA-NASA SOHO mission has just become easier with the launch of a new SOHO science archive with enhanced capabilities for searching and visualizing the vast SOHO data archive. This is the first in a new generation of science archives under development at ESA's European Space Astronomy Center. Since operations began in 1995 the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has been transmitting data from its twelve scientific instruments back to Earth at a rate of 1...

2008-04-01 10:10:00

The multi-wavelength sky is set to clear as the world's most powerful astronomical virtual observatory opens.  The AstroGrid service provides the UK astronomy community unparalleled access to the wide range of multi-wavelength observations of our sky.  Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and Principal Investigator of the AstroGrid consortium, will be announcing the launch of the AstroGrid service on 1 April 2008 at the RAS National Astronomy...

2007-03-27 17:05:00

Cambridge, MA -- A unique collaboration created by Harvard's Initiative for Innovative Computing (IIC) has brought together astronomers, medical imaging specialists, and software engineers to adapt medical imaging software to create 3-D views of astronomical bodies. "Once this technology is fully developed, we will be able to explore and visualize space in entirely new ways," said Alyssa Goodman, Director of the IIC and a Professor of Astronomy in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences....

2004-12-15 08:15:00

National Solar Observatory -- The first working version of a "one-stop shopping" service for solar data is now on line, giving scientists a much easier way to search for data on specific solar phenomena and even to confirm the results of earlier research. "The Virtual Solar Observatory or VSO makes it possible to access data from multiple sources, even ones you didn't know existed, at one fell swoop" said Dr. Joseph B. Gurman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The VSO...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.