Lyndon Henry

Data's Big Bang: Applying Analytics to Astronomy

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PredictableChaos
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Re: Data discovery
PredictableChaos   3/22/2017 9:41:40 AM
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Oh well, we've survived this far ...

Yeah, @Lyndon, that's what the dinosaurs said just before the asteroid hit.


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Re: Data discovery
Lyndon_Henry   3/21/2017 5:25:31 PM
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Predictable writes


The incredible size of the known universe is mind-blowing. Recently saw a video on the "Extreme Deep Field" (XDF), which looks at a tiny area of the sky that was thought to be, perhaps, empty. Tiny is an understatement - if you hold a ball-point pen at arms length, the area covered by the tip of the pen is about the size of the area investigated.

What was found? 10,000 really ancient galaxies! Each of which has billions of stars.

Only serious data analytics can cope with information on this scale.


Yeah, the universe is a darn big mother ...

But also weird (quantum physics, anyone? or that strange limit on the speed of light?)

And extremely precariously dangerous ...

Oh well, we've survived this far ...

 

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Re: 192.168.0.1
Shantaram   3/21/2017 4:37:41 PM
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You are absolutely right!

PredictableChaos
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Re: Data discovery
PredictableChaos   3/20/2017 7:11:47 PM
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@Lyndon -

The incredible size of the known universe is mind-blowing. Recently saw a video on the "Extreme Deep Field" (XDF), which looks at a tiny area of the sky that was thought to be, perhaps, empty. Tiny is an understatement - if you hold a ball-point pen at arms length, the area covered by the tip of the pen is about the size of the area investigated.

What was found? 10,000 really ancient galaxies! Each of which has billions of stars.

Only serious data analytics can cope with information on this scale.

 

Hat-tip: Vimeo or TedEx videos titled "How small are we in the scale of the universe?"

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Re: Data discovery
Lyndon_Henry   3/20/2017 6:02:28 PM
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Terry writes

Thought provoking blog, Lyndon... I think you make it abundantly clear that the next big breakthrough or discovery in astro-geophysics will come from advanced calculations made within data, and not from a star gazer poised at the end of a gigantic telescope.



 

Thanks for the positive feedback, Terry. You're probably right about the really big breakthroughs and mindbending discoveries, but don't discount the occasional lone astronomer with a telescope discovering a new object (e.g., a comet or asteroid or something) and being rewarded by having it named after her or him.

That said ... the magnitude, powerful implications, and potential of big-data analytics to drive new leading-edge breakthroughs and continue to enlarge human understanding of this really weird universe we're in just blows the mind ...

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SethBreedlove   3/20/2017 3:25:11 PM
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I think astronomy and space exploration is so important for humanity for no other reason than it gives us hope and inspiration. 

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tomsg   3/20/2017 3:11:09 PM
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What a great use of analytics. I am sure you are right about the next big discoveries.

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Data discovery
T Sweeney   3/20/2017 10:49:25 AM
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Thought provoking blog, Lyndon... I think you make it abundantly clear that the next big breakthrough or discovery in astro-geophysics will come from advanced calculations made within data, and not from a star gazer poised at the end of a gigantic telescope.

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