.Astronomy 4

July 9-11, 2012

Haus der Astronomie and the International Wissenschaft Forum, Heidelberg

Organizers: Sarah Kendrew, Markus Pöessel, Tom Robitaille

Hack Day projects

AstroScanr

A visualisation of astronomy journal titles and abstracts using natural language processing techniques.

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Astroworld

Collect information about astronomical facilities around the world, including old, abandoned observatories, flashy new ones, future ones and archeo-astronomical sites using EpiCollect.

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Cosmology Calculator OS X widget

A port of Ned Wright's Cosmology Calculator to an OS X widget.

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Flora

Flora is an attempt to enable quantitative measurements on images in a browser. In astronomy, we want to measure the position, size and brightness of various objects in our images - which in practice means fitting a model to them. Flora uses Javascript and canvas to allow the user to point at an object they want to measure, and have a catalog entry of measurements returned. We use the astrojs library to handle FITS images (including calibration information in the header) and the transformations needed to turn pixel positions into "world" coordinates on the sky.

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Science - It's Universal

An outreach video about what science is and what it is like to be a scientist.

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Sh*t scientists say

Sh*t Astronomer Says is a collection of what astronomers love, hate and repeat.

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Zoonibot

Zoonibot was conceived as a sort-of “Planet Hunters butler,” for Talk able and ready to automatically answer questions and provide detail when users request information.

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