Sky Survey Map

A major aspect of modern astronomy is sky surveys, which cover large areas of the sky with telescopes that observe at different wavelengths and have a range of capabilities. A great deal of recent progress in astronomy has come from combining data from these different surveys that cover overlapping areas of the sky. However, a major problem for astronomers for planning new observations has been getting a complete handle on what datasets cover which areas of the sky, as this information has not been gathered in one easily accessed location. This project aims to build an online database that contains survey coverage maps and metadata for as many survey fields as possible, and displays them using polygons on a map of the sky. We are currently beginning to work on adding some components to the open-source JavaScript software Virtual Sky, which handles the sky projections.

Partner: Ryan Hickox (Professor, Astronomy)