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Paper: Visualising Virtual Observatory Data in Digital Planetaria
Volume: 527, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIX
Page: 229
Authors: Soancatl–Aguilar, V.; Williams, O. R.; Ji, C.; Valentijn, E. A.; Mathlener, A.; Roerdink, J. B. T. M.
Abstract: The Virtual Observatory provides a rich source of material for preparing presentations for the general public in digital planetaria. However, the effort required in preparing the data for displaying in most planetaria is considerable. The most common software used in domes today (e.g. Sky-Skan's DigitalSky 2 E&S' Digistar) cannot read data from standard astronomical formats. We present plans for a simple interface which will enable the extraction of catalogue data from the Virtual Observatory and its conversion into formats which can be used by both commercial and open-source systems. It is intended to explicitly use this capability with a relatively new open-source visualisation system, called Openspace. A prototype has been used to extract data from the second Gaia data release and the third KiDS data release. The work is complementary to that of the Data2Dome consortium, which concentrates on images and recent events rather than the access to archival catalogues.
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