Monday, October 06, 2003


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Silicon Valley Biz Ink :: The voice of the valley economy: "Online Yellow Pages of Northern Sky is Built on Microsoft Technology
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Microsoft Servers and .NET Technologies Provide Foundation for Major Online
Astronomical Data Library

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Professional and amateur
astronomers alike will soon be able to access one of the Web's largest
catalogs of astronomical images and information -- a landmark scientific
resource that was built with Microsoft(R) technology.

This month the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) SkyServer
( http://skyserver.sdss.org/ ) will release a new set of data, offering
public access and advanced tools for searching and manipulating images of more
than 80 million stars and galaxies -- four times as many objects as there are
books in the Library of Congress."

Well, I almost overlooked this item as 'just another brag by Microsoft', which, while true, is not the whole story, here. Put simply, it's just an item that makes you say Wow. Things like this are without the need to justify their existence. Just go take a look. Try not to spend too many hours digging through the nearly 1 Terabyte of data online. Advantages over trying to find a large telescope iin your neighborhood are the ability to ignore the weather and not )depending on the season) freezing your butt off.

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