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yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics

Jacob, Joseph C. and Brunner, Robert and Curkendall, David W. and Djorgovski, S. George and Good, John C. and Husman, Laura and Kremenek, George and Mahabal, Ashish (2002) yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics. In: Virtual Observatories. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4846. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 53-64. ISBN 0819446254.

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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

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Additional Information:© 2002 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement by the United States Government or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
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Subject Keywords:Astronomical image mosaics, Web portal, Image reprojection, Data access
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:4846
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Official Citation:Joseph C. Jacob, Robert J. Brunner, David W. Curkendall, Stan George Djorgovski, John C. Good, Laura Husman, George Kremenek, Ashish Mahabal, "yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics", Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461514;
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