Virtual Telescopes In Education

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Nov 13, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Somesh Kumar

Dr. Susan Hoban

Dr. Yelena Yesha

Dr. Willard Smith

Virtual Telescopes In
Education

Funded by NSF Grant No. 0121531

Introduction


Funded by NSF


Main aim to generate interest
among students in astronomy


Provides services to operate a
virtual observatory


Association with Telescopes in
Education (TIE)


Background


Helps students formulate
astronomy projects online


Helps teachers manage their
classrooms and evaluate student
documents


Create a repository of student
research documents


Make the repository accessible to
other users

VTIE Process

Idea

Web research

(Glossary Tool)

Proposal


Generation

Interface


Observations


Analysis

Raw images

Processed

images

Basic

Parameters

From PGI

Proposals

Images

Papers

Schedules

Admin Info

Active Archive

External Activities

VTIE Portal


Paper Writing

Tool

T


S


I

TSI =

Teacher
-
Student
Interaction thru
VTIE Portal

T


S


I

Fig. 1. VTIE Process

Student Interface


Proposal Generation Interface



Search Tool


SkyView (online database)


Image Analysis Tool


Visual Target Tuner (VTT)


IRIS


Paper Writing Tool


Message Center


Screen Shot of Student Interface

Screen Shot of Glossary Tool

Teacher Interface


Classroom Management Tools


Review Tools


Proposal


Paper


Message Center


Reading List


Screen Shot of Review Tool

Implementation


Java Servlets


JSP 2.0


JavaScript


Apache Tomcat 4.1.24


MySQL


Xindice

VTIE Architecture

Web Browser

Tomcat Web
Server
(JSP/Servlets)

MySql

Xindice

RAID

User
Authentication

User
Documents

Data Transfer

Client
Request

HTML
Data

Extant Data
Sources

Images

User
Request

Technical Challenges


Solved


Data Storage issue resolved by
addition of RAID array


Instability in Xindice resolved by
new upgrade


Unsolved


Issues with interfacing with Xindice


Servlet and JSP deployment


Tomcat performance not optimum


Future Work


Telescope Scheduler Interface


Make scheduling easy


Make scheduling transparent


Telescope Operators Interface


Registering Telescopes and
Instruments


Allotting time for VTIE users


Generalized Proposal Generation
Interface