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yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics
Author(s): Joseph C. Jacob; Robert J. Brunner; David W. Curkendall; Stan George Djorgovski; John C. Good; Laura Husman; George Kremenek; Ashish Mahabal
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Paper Abstract

The yourSky custom astronomical image mosaicking software has a Web portal architecture that allows access via ordinary desktop computers with low bandwidth network connections to high performance and highly customizable mosaicking software deployed in a high performance computing and communications environment. The emphasis is on custom access to image mosaics constructed from terabytes of raw image data stored in remote archives. In this context, custom access refers to new technology that enables on the fly mosaicking to meet user-specified criteria for region of the sky to be mosaicked, datasets to be used, resolution, coordinate system, projection, data type and image format. The yourSky server is a fully automated end-to-end system that handles all aspects of the mosaic construction. This includes management of mosaic requests, determining which input images are required to fulfill each request, management of a data cache for both input image plates and output mosaics, retrieval of input image plates from massive remote archives, image mosaic construction on a multiprocessor system, and making the result accessible to the user on the desktop. The URL for yourSky is

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461514
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph C. Jacob, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Brunner, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David W. Curkendall, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stan George Djorgovski, California Institute of Technology (United States)
John C. Good, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Laura Husman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
George Kremenek, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Ashish Mahabal, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4846:
Virtual Observatories
Alexander S. Szalay, Editor(s)

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