This project is solving the Transient Watch – Daily News on Active Neutron Stars and Black Holes on Your Mobile Phone challenge. Description
Short Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNm2QQ0JBBY
More details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV5nHpki6yk
What are we doing?
The transient astronomical events are difficult phenomena to study, among other factors, by its sudden nature and short duration. Although in human terms hours or weeks may seem like a lot, sometimes it is not enough for our instruments to capture them with enough detail.
Scheduled observation, insufficient instrumental or with different purposes and bad weather observations are some of the reasons that prevent fast response time and maximum observation time,are fundamental factors and needs time to extract all possible data.
Space Seekers initially has a platform for two purposes: 1) An app with minimal configuration, to notify the community user with accurate data on transient. 2) A website where you can view extended information about events previously recorded.
In Space Seekers we intend to centralize data from all available sources, providing access to any user with the equipment and training needed. Universities, amateur astronomers, smaller observatories, and so on ...
How do we do?
Obtaining the source data is periodically and is characterized in two kinds: - Location data expressed in right ascension, declination and orbital period. - Data measurement variables depending on the source thereof.
Considering the data source used to date (shown in resources), the detection of an event is determined if the probability of change is 100% flow upward. Given the evidence of an event notification is released to all users with the app, as well as in social networks. Notices of the app are based on the time zone of each user within the relevant slots, in order to optimize the flow of useful information for each user, which can configure notifications and applications through the you may be advised.
The application logic is done on a remote server, freeing the mobile app from unnecessary processing.
Why is this important?
The information on these events , their probability of occurrence , location in the sky and other data already exist . In most of the cases are public on the Internet, and anyone with the skills can interpret and make their own research .
What then is the motivation to carry out this project? Such information is often in unfriendly or inconspicuous web pages. You have to know it's there to see it.
Any difficulty of access to information is now a problem for any user. An accessible information facilitates obtaining results in any field .
We propose a user-friendly platform , accessible, friendly and dynamic. With all the well structured and available information conveniently in mobile , web and social networks.
Where do we go from here?
The application is a prototype. The evaluation of the data is not scientifically accurate, and just contemplate the sources indicated in the resources and suggested by the challenge. However, we believe that there is much potential in the project.
We intend to regularly incorporate new data sources, to increase the available volume of it, and undergo a process, with proper scientific advice, allowing us to estimate the probabilities of events for a greater number of sources.
With the right system, we can create for each user a history of events to which is replied, and enable the possibility to send the results of their observations to those responsible scientific bodies to evaluate and study this type of research.
The possibility of creating a space for observers of these events share and contrast information opens. It begins to create a social fabric, a cohesive and connected community. And there is no reason limited to transients.
The system proposed can scale the same model to other phenomena, extending its use to science to provide more time for a greater number of events.
Because we work together better.
License: GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 (AGPL-3.0)"
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/juanfrantomas/SpaceSeekers
Dataset - http://integral.esac.esa.int/bexrbmonitor/webpage_oneplot.php
PHP RSS Feed - http://pontikis.net/
PHP HTML DOM Parser - http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplehtmldom/
Transient and instruments info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_astronomical_event
Video music - https://soundcloud.com/ramesesb/pride-happy-theme
Space Seekers - http://spaceseekers.org/
Recording location "Las Naves" - http://www.lasnaves.com/