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Using the VO to Study the Time Domain

  • Rob Seaman (a1), Roy Williams (a2), Matthew Graham (a2) and Tara Murphy (a3)
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Just as the astronomical “Time Domain” is a catch-phrase for a diverse group of different science objectives involving time-varying phenomena in all astrophysical régimes from the solar system to cosmological scales, so the “Virtual Observatory” is a complex set of community-wide activities from archives to astroinformatics. This workshop touched on some aspects of adapting and developing those semantic and network technologies in order to address transient and time-domain research challenges. It discussed the VOEvent format for representing alerts and reports on celestial transient events, the SkyAlert and ATELstream facilities for distributing these alerts, and the IVOA time-series protocol and time-series tools provided by the VAO. Those tools and infrastructure are available today to address the real-world needs of astronomers.

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Seaman, R. 2008, Astron. Nachr., 329, 237.
Seaman, R., et al. , 2011, IVOA Recommendation, arXiv:1110.0523
Williams, R., Emery Bunn, S., & Seaman, R. (eds), in: Hot-wiring the Transient Universe 2010, http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/hotwiring-the-transient-universe/13205496
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-international-astronomical-union
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