A golden age of astronomy
Image: Powerful new telescopes are allowing us to explore new stars and galaxies. But astronomy is fast becoming as much about data management and interpretation as it is about star-gazing. (NASA's Hubble celebrates 21st anniversary, NASA Goddard Photo & Video, CC-BY-2.0)
Astrophysicist Ray Norris reckons we’ve entered a “golden age” of astronomy. Powerful new telescopes are allowing us to explore the once unimaginable. But astronomy is fast becoming as much about data management and interpretation as it is about star-gazing.
Computers are one solution, but as we’ll discover, nothing beats the human eye and mind when it comes to making sense of the cosmos.
- Ray Norris
- Astrophysicist at the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility.
- Dr Chris Lintott
- Researcher and Citizen Science Project Lead, Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. Co-founder of Galaxy Zoo, Director of Zooniverse and Presenter of the BBC's Sky At Night program.
- Dr Alberto Conti
- James Webb Space Telescope Innovation Scientist for the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Alice Sheppard
- Moderator of the Galaxy Zoo Discussion Forum, Galaxy Zoo volunteer and citizen scientist.
- Antony Funnell
- Andrew Davies