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Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy

Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy

By: Željko Ivezić; Andrew J. Connolly; Jacob T VanderPlas; Alexander Gray

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 05-JAN-2014

Insert Date: 19-FEB-2014

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As telescopes, detectors, and computers grow ever more powerful, the volume of data at the disposal of astronomers and astrophysicists will enter the petabyte domain, providing accurate measurements for billions of celestial objects. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the cutting-edge statistical methods needed to efficiently analyze complex data sets from astronomical surveys such as the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, the Dark Energy Survey, and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. It serves as a practical handbook for...

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Spacecraft Formation Flying

Spacecraft Formation Flying

By: Kyle Alfriend; Srinivas Rao Vadali; Pini Gurfil; Jonathan How; Louis Breger

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Publication Date: 16-NOV-2009

Insert Date: 11-NOV-2013

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Spacecraft formation flying (SFF) is of huge importance to the aerospace and space community. Not the stuff of science-fiction, SFF involves flying multiple small satellites together, to deliver benefits which far outweigh a single larger craft or space station. The first autonomous formation flying earth science mission was in 196 and NASA now has 35 SFF mission sets. By networking several smaller and cheaper craft, scientists can make simultaneous measurements that enable higher resolution astronomical imagery, provide robust and fault-tolerant spacecraft system architectures, and...

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Space-Based Technologies and Commercialized Development

Space-Based Technologies and Commercialized Development

By: Stella Tkatchova

Publisher: IGI Global

Publication Date: 30-APR-2011

Insert Date: 18-OCT-2013

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A new era of space-based technology and interplanetary exploration will produce cost-effective solutions and innovative technologies to fulfill current societal needs. Space-Based Technologies and Commercialized Development: Economic Implications and Benefits introduces the concept of space-based technology commercialization and offers a first-time analysis of plausible opportunities. This essential reference examines the overall marketability of tourism in outer space, including business case studies on celestial solar power and space debris that demonstrate the potential of cosmic...

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Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining for Astronomy

Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining for Astronomy

By: Michael Way; Jeffrey Scargle; Kamal Ali; Ashok Srivastava

Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC

Publication Date: 29-MAR-2012

Insert Date: 14-SEP-2013

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This practical guide illustrates the use of state-of-the-art machine learning and data mining techniques in astronomy. The book presents issues in the astronomical sciences that are also important to health, social, and physical sciences. It describes a number of astrophysics case studies that leverage a range of machine learning and data mining technologies. In addition, developers of algorithms and practitioners of machine learning and data mining show how these tools and techniques are used in astronomical applications. ...

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Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds

By: Ray Jayawardhana

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 20-FEB-2011

Insert Date: 22-MAR-2012

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Soon astronomers expect to find alien Earths by the dozens in orbit around distant suns. Before the decade is out, telltale signs that they harbor life may be found. If they are, the ramifications for all areas of human thought and endeavor--from religion and philosophy to art and biology--will be breathtaking. In Strange New Worlds , renowned astronomer Ray Jayawardhana brings news from the front lines of the epic quest to find planets--and alien life--beyond our solar system. Only in the past fifteen years, after millennia of speculation, have astronomers begun to discover planets...

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How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?

How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?

By: Abraham Loeb

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 19-JUL-2010

Insert Date: 07-MAR-2012

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Though astrophysicists have developed a theoretical framework for understanding how the first stars and galaxies formed, only now are we able to begin testing those theories with actual observations of the very distant, early universe. We are entering a new and exciting era of discovery that will advance the frontiers of knowledge, and this book couldn't be more timely. It covers all the basic concepts in cosmology, drawing on insights from an astronomer who has pioneered much of this research over the past two decades. Abraham Loeb starts from first principles, tracing the...

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What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?

What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?

By: Joshua S. Bloom

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 10-JAN-2011

Insert Date: 05-OCT-2011

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Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest--and, until recently, among the least understood--cosmic events in the universe. Discovered by chance during the cold war, these evanescent high-energy explosions confounded astronomers for decades. But a rapid series of startling breakthroughs beginning in 1997 revealed that the majority of gamma-ray bursts are caused by the explosions of young and massive stars in the vast star-forming cauldrons of distant galaxies. New findings also point to very different origins for some events, serving to complicate but enrich our understanding of the exotic and...

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Titan Unveiled

Titan Unveiled

By: Ralph Lorenz; Jacqueline Mitton

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 01-JUL-2010

Insert Date: 04-OCT-2011

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For twenty-five years following the Voyager mission, scientists speculated about Saturn's largest moon, a mysterious orb clouded in orange haze. Finally, in 2005, the Cassini-Huygens probe successfully parachuted down through Titan's atmosphere, all the while transmitting images and data. In the early 1980s, when the two Voyager spacecraft skimmed past Titan, Saturn's largest moon, they transmitted back enticing images of a mysterious world concealed in a seemingly impenetrable orange haze. Titan Unveiled is one of the first general interest books to reveal the startling new...

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The Manga Guide to the Universe

The Manga Guide to the Universe

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Publisher: No Starch Press

Publication Date: 05-AUG-2011

Insert Date: 11-JUN-2011

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Join Kanna, Kanta, Yamane, and Gloria in The Manga Guide to the Universe as they explore our solar system, the Milky Way, and faraway galaxies in search of the universe's greatest mysteries: dark matter, cosmic expansion, and the Big Bang itself....

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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders

Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders

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Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Publication Date: 31-OCT-2007

Insert Date: 25-MAR-2008

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With the advent of inexpensive, high-power telescopes priced at under $250, amateur astronomy is now within the reach of anyone, and this is the ideal book to get you started. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders offers you a guide to the equipment you need, and shows you how and where to find hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky -- double and multiple stars as well as spectacular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. You get a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy, and specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining the...

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Astronomy Hacks

Astronomy Hacks

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Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Publication Date: 17-JUN-2005

Insert Date: 17-JUL-2005

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Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into out-of-this-world stargazing tools? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, you'll find Astronomy Hacks both useful and fun. From upgrading your optical finder to photographing stars, this book is the perfect cosmic companion. This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expect priceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian Telescope, the large-aperture telescope...