Friday, June 23, 2017

Space Exploration History documentation

After putting the data and code for my various space exploration infographics on a GitHub repository, I've also made many of the documentation resources available on the associated website.

The complete list:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Space Observatories Update 06/2017

With several new missions launched it is time for an update to the Space Observatories page, the x-ray telescope NICER on the ISS and the Chinese HXMT (Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope) or as it is now known, Huì​yǎn (慧眼, Insight), likewise an X-ray mission.

In other news, the source data are now available on my space exploration history github repository, together with the included infographics.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Solar System Exploration History 1.5

I have finally put my interactive timeline of Solar System Exploration History on GitHub as an open repository, including all data and graphics. Don't look at the code too closely though, it has grown over a very long time and that is how it looks, like a shrub. Well, making it accessible is at least one incentive to improve it.

I'll also put up some documentation in the readme and several overview graphics, such as the ground systems associated with spacecraft operations above. All of it is accessible viathe page on this blog and on my site.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Solar System Missions Update 05/2017

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of Mai 1st 2017.

And I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Cassini won't be with us anymore in a few month. But the amazing data we get in the meantime make up for it at least.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Solar System Missions Update 04/2017

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of April 1st 2017, and that is still not a joke.

So now it is upon us, Cassini's Grand Finale, on the 4th. *Cue dark and brooding anticipatory music*. Well, there'll be awesome close-ups of Saturns atmosphere and rings, so there's that. Oh, and EMFM is now called Europa Clipper again, so, also that.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Milky Way halo objects from Gaia

I have updated the Milky Way halo map with a few more objects. They were discovered from data by the Gaia mission and represent the results from preliminary data analysis, so it is almost certain that here will be much more to come.

One of the objects, Gaia 1, was hiding behind the glare of Sirius, and only the superior resolution of Gaia's data made it possible to find it. Or as the discovery paper puts it: You can not be Sirius! Here is an extensive account by Matthew Green on astrobites

Gaia 1 hiding in Sirius' glare (The large white circle in the 2MASS data).

See some more d3-celestial examples here, play with it here or check out the documentation and/or fork/download the source from the GitHub repository.