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OT: Distributed sky watching

by simon.proctor (Vicar)
on May 06, 2002 at 19:01 UTC ( #164410=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

It seems I have a penchance for off topic thoughts this week. Again I found it via the BBC but I think this project to be highly exciting (to me at least :P). EStar is a way of people around the Internet gaining access to telescopes to watch the skies.

To quote the site:

The eScience Telescopes for Astronomical Research (eSTAR) Project is a programme to build a prototype robotic telescope network, to test computing infrastructure and software which could be used for larger scale projects.

In other words (and over simplified) you have a bit of software on your desktop that uses a Perl middleware of objects that make requests to telescopes. And its GPL too.

Links:
Estar here.
News Article here

I'll be downloading this later so if anyone wants a review of it let me know.

Note:
The quote was taken from the first paragraph of the site without permission.

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