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Podcaster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Robert Nikutta

Title: NOIRLab – The Dark Energy Survey Data Release #2

Organization: NOIRLab (NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory)

Links: www.noao.edu ; @NOAONorth; http://www.lsst.org/ ;https://nationalastro.org/ ; https://www.facebook.com/NOIRLabAstro ; https://www.instagram.com/noirlabastro/ ; https://www.youtube.com/noirlabastro ; @NOIRLabAstro

Fore the news:

https://noirlab.edu/public/news/noirlab2106/
https://www.darkenergysurvey.org/
https://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/2019/01/12/jan-12th-the-last-night-of-the-dark-energy-survey/
https://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/2019/02/09/feb-9th-the-poetry-of-the-dark-energy-survey/

Description: 

The Dark Energy Survey has released a massive, public collection of astronomical data and calibrated images from six years of work, containing data on nearly 700 million astronomical objects. It is the culmination of over half a decade of astronomical data collection and analysis, with the ultimate goal of understanding the accelerating expansion rate of the Universe and the phenomenon of dark energy that is thought to be responsible for the expansion.

In this podcast, NOIRLab’s Robert Nikutta discusses DR2 and how professional and amateur astronomers can access the data for use in astronomical research.

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.

Robert Nikutta is a staff scientist at NSF’s NOIRLab. He is currently the Project Scientist for the Astro Data Lab science platform.

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