Virtual Observations

Part of the Integrated Science & Technology Program book series (ISTP, volume 1)


The Virtual Observatory is a framework for interoperable and efficient access to world wide astronomical data and services. This review describes the global nature of the VObs initiative, and then briefly outlines the architecture of the core interoperability standards. Data Centres provide the content of the VObs via publishing their data and services using the standards, and a set of tools allow these resources to be searched, combined and analysed. Common themes for using the VObs are searching by object name or coordinates, combining multi-wavelength data, and cross-matching. Scientific use of the system is ramping up, and some early results are described.


Astronomical data bases Virtual observatory tools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire de Strasbourg UMR 7550StrasbourgFrance

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