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Software for autonomous astronomical observatories: challenges and opportunities in the age of big data
Author(s): Piotr W. Sybilski; Rafał Pawłaszek; Stanisław K. Kozłowski; Maciej Konacki; Milena Ratajczak; Krzysztof G. Hełminiak
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Paper Abstract

We present the software solution developed for a network of autonomous telescopes, deployed and tested in Solaris Project. The software aims to fulfil the contemporary needs of distributed autonomous observatories housing medium sized telescopes: ergonomics, availability, security and reusability. The datafication of such facilities seems inevitable and we give a preliminary study of the challenges and opportunities waiting for software developers. Project Solaris is a global network of four 0.5 m autonomous telescopes conducting a survey of eclipsing binaries in the Southern Hemisphere. The Project's goal is to detect and characterise circumbinary planets using the eclipse timing method. The observatories are located on three continents, and the headquarters coordinating and monitoring the network is in Poland. All four are operational as of December 2013.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521C (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055836
Show Author Affiliations
Piotr W. Sybilski, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Sybilla Technologies (Poland)
Rafał Pawłaszek, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Sybilla Technologies (Poland)
Stanisław K. Kozłowski, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Maciej Konacki, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Adam Mickiewicz Univ. (Poland)
Milena Ratajczak, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Krzysztof G. Hełminiak, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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