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Astro Imaging Where art, science, and education meet

welcome to astro imaging

What is this site?

This site hosts images of our beautiful universe, as collected and processed by undergraduate students enrolled in astronomy labs at WSU.

These data were collected via the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network or the Las Cumbres Observatory.

Projects are supervised by faculty in the Astronomy Group of the Dept of Physics & Astronomy at WSU.

How are the images organized?

  • Home – this page
  • Solar system – images of the Sun, Moon, and major & minor planets
  • Star clusters – collections of stars in the Milky Way
  • Nebulae – collections of gas & dust in the Milky Way
  • Galaxies – celestial objects outside the Milky Way
  • Science – images, graphs, and diagrams from undergraduate research projects

Links to desktop applications

What would a page be without a big list of links?  Where possible, we use open-source cross-platform applications.

  • AstroImageJ – an astronomical photometry and analysis package
  • ds9 – for quick manipulation of FITS image files
  • Fits Liberator – for quick manipulation of FITS image files
  • GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program
  • Siril – an astronomical image processing package (IRIS clone for Linux)
  • Stellarium – desktop planetarium software

Links to web applications

  • AAVSO – when appropriate, our research results are archived by the American Association of Variable Star Observers
  • arXiv – preprint server
  • Astrometry – adds/fixes world coordinate system on FITS images
  • js9 – web-based version of ds9 (with reduced functionality)
  • NASA/ADS – literature search engine
  • Simbad – database of astronomical objects
  • Skynet enhanced labs – our undergrad courses use lab exercises developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Links to news servers

This site is maintained by Dr Michael L Allen.