AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 8. Catalogs and Databases
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[8.07] Sky Database for Objects in Time-Domain (SkyDOT). A general tool for sky variability studies at LANL.

P. R. Wozniak, D. Starr, W. T. Vestrand (LANL)

Virtual Observatories (VOs) and data mining thereof is a powerful new method for discovery in astronomy. We describe the SkyDOT (Sky Database for Objects in the Time domain), a new Virtual Observatory, which is dedicated to the study of sky variability. We discuss the architecture of the database and the functionality of the user interface. The key feature of SkyDOT is the real time data stream provided by RAPTOR (RAPid Telescopes for Optical Response), the sky monitoring experiment designed and conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The site will also confederate a number of massive variability surveys and enable exploration of the time domain in astronomy. Currently, the public domain OGLE-II data set from difference image photometry of the Galactic bulge has been integrated into the database and is available for searching. The site will also utilize high level machine learning tools that will allow sophisticated mining of the archive.

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