Open Source Software confirmed Exoplanets

The discovery of 1284 new exoplanets made by the Kepler space observatory was confirmed by open source software. Kepler is producing so many exoplanet candidates that astronomers have a hard time confirming them all. How could so many candidates be confirmed in one batch? With new open source software, VESPA, written by Timothy D. Morton. Now we know of more than 3,400 exoplanets.

ArXive.org: False positive probabilties for all Kepler Objects of Interest

Princeton University: More than 1,200 new planets confirmed using new technique

Astronomy Now: NASA’s Kepler mission announces largest collection of exoplanets ever discovered

Astrobites.org: The gruntwork behind Kepler’s new batch of exoplanets

Github: VESPA

NASA: Kepler | New World Atlas

Wikipedia: Kepler | Exoplanet

More exoplanets: Exoplanet.eu | Habitable Exoplanets Catalog | Open Exoplanet Catalogue

The simulated Universe

Supercomputers are used to simulate the universe from Big Bang to present day. The Illustris Project is the biggest virtual universe yet. It took years to program it and the system was completed in 2014. Data from the project was released in 2015. Data from the simulation is now compared to real life observations.

Link: The Illustris Project web site

Gizmag: Illustris omputer simulation creates the first realistic virtual universe

Presentation of the project at ArXiv

Presentation of the project data at ArXiv

Top 500 of supercomputers (nr 27 was used by Illustris)

More simulations: NASA Pleiades Supercomputer | About Pleiades

Cosmos Magazines: A ringside seat at the birth of stars

Wikipedia: Illustris project | Pleiades

The untold story of the early internet

Gizmodo is not new to me but somehow I have missed their Paleofuture section by Matt Novak. My loss, definitely, but luckily it’s something that’s easy to fix. I just have to share this article about the internet’s early hackers. I even learned about a few things like Telenet. Well written article, great research:

Paleofuture: The untold story of the teen hackers who transformed the early internet

Paleofuture @ Gizmodo – New favourite web site (new for me)

Blog post about John Maxfield: How to catch a hacker

Wikipedia: Bill LandrethTelenet | ARPANET | NFSNet

More Infographics

Credit: southpaw661

Because pictures are sometimes worth more than a thousand words infographics is a great way to share information. I found two collections of high quality infographics suitable for just any classroom or home.

Found almost the same here (with a hight resolution link) where Sean McNaughton, Samuel Velasco, 5W Infographics, Matthew Twombly, Jane Vessels, NGM staff and Amanda Hobbs were credited.

Jet Propulsion Lab’s Infographics

Space.com’s Infographics