54 Kinecting with the Cosmos with Jonathan Fay, Dr. Mark SubbaRao & Michelle Yehling (Part 1)
In this episode (part 1), we are on location at Adler Planetarium, Mark and his guest cohost sister, Michelle (Nichols) Yehling talk to astronomer Dr. Mark SubbaRao of Adler Planetarium and Principal Software Architect Jonathan Fay of Microsoft Research.
In this episode (part 1), we are on location at Adler Planetarium, Mark and his guest cohost sister, Michelle (Nichols) Yehling talk to astronomer Dr. Mark SubbaRao of Adler Planetarium and Principal Software Architect Jonathan Fay of Microsoft Research. We talk about Adler Planetarium (in Chicago) which the oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere and just recently became the most technologically advanced in the world. The newly renovated Grainger Sky Theater is driven by 40+ computers and 20 super high resolution and contrast projectors. Adler and Dr. SubbaRao have been partnering with Jonathan and Microsoft Research on the Worldwide Telescope for many years. Jonathan gives us background and insight on the massive scale of data, design requirements and capabilities of what was originally the vision of Jim Gray and Alex Szalay.
Dedication from the Worldwide Telescope site: “Microsoft Research has dedicated WorldWide Telescope to the memory of Jim Gray, releasing it as a free resource to the astronomy and education communities with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe like never before.”
- Worldwide Telescope
- Adler Planetarium (1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 | (312) 922 7827)
- Excel Plugin - Add your own data to the Worldwide Telescope application
- The World Wide Telescope: An Archetype for Online Science
- The World Wide Telescope, Jim Gray and Alex Szalay, April 2006
- See The Worldwide Telescope with Kinect on Channel 9
- Interstellar Boundary Explorer
- Hubble Space Telescope
- COSMUS Project
- Sloan Digital Sky Survey
- Spitzer Space Telescope
- Galaxy Zoo
- "Microsoft researchers make me cry"
Jonathan Fay: Principal Software Architect on Microsoft Research's Worldwide Telescope project in the Next Media Research group at Microsoft. He has been at Microsoft for over 16 years and his area of expertise is the visualization of data over remote networks. He lead the development of several Microsoft projects such as: Microsoft Image Composer, Microsoft Home Advisor, Microsoft bCentral Site Manage, and MSN AdExpert. He is also an avid "amateur" astronomer who even built his own personal domed observatory.
Dr. Mark SubbaRao: Astronomer and Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium. He is also a senior research associate at the University of Chicago. His area of research is cosmology, particularly the large-scale structure of galaxies, their clustering properties and evolution. He was a builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, working as a developer of their spectroscopic software that measured redshifts, hence providing 3D positions for nearly one million galaxies and quasars. In the Space Visualization Laboratory, Dr. SubbaRao supervises the development of scientific visualizations utilizing cutting edge stereoscopic and ultra-high resolution displays.
Michelle (Nichols) Yehling: Besides being Mark's sister, Michelle is Master Educator for NASA Forum Programs at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. She is currently working on several projects with NASA - one of which is Education and Public Outreach for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft.
Special note: Great thanks go to Jonathan, Dr. SubbaRao and Michelle for spending so much time with me in recording this podcast. They are an inspiration with the passion they demonstrate in their work and their desire to pass on their knowledge to others.
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