The Next Generation


In some respects, the field of [astronomy][3] has been a rapidly changing one. New advances in technology have allowed for exploration of new spectral regimes, new methods of image acquisition, new methods of simulation, and more. But in other respects, we’re still doing the same thing we were 100 years ago. We take images, look to see how they’ve changed. We break light into its different colors, looking for emission and [absorption][4]. The fact that we can do it faster and to further distances has revolutionized our understanding, but not the basal methodology.

But recently, the field has begun to change. The days of the lone [astronomer][5] at the [eyepiece][6] are already gone. Data is being taken faster than it can be processed, stored in easily accessible ways, and massive international teams of [astronomers][5] work together. At the recent International Astronomers Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, astronomer Ray Norris of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) [discussed these changes][7], how far they can go, what we might learn, and what we might lose.(…) Read the rest of [Astronomy: The Next Generation][8] (1,245 words)

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