• Mapping the Galaxy from Portugal


    I spent the week before last in Portugal working with the team designing and building the GEM telescope: The Polarized Galactic Emission Mapping Project in Portugal. GEM (aka GEM-P or even P-GEM-P) aims to measure the emission of our Milky Way galaxy using light at a wavelength of 6 cm. Those frequencies are dominated by…

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  • Crowdsourcing Astronomy



    One of the tenets of the so-called Web 2.0 is that it’s about an “architecture of participation”, allowing users (i.e., everyone) to contribute their knowledge and expertise — or just enthusiasm — to harness our “collective intelligence”. That’s why Wikipedia is about as good as the Britannica — and why you can look up photos…

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