Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Big data: There's a difference between more data being better and more data being different, and therefore capable of changing the questions we want to ask.
New tools: Technologies that open a new window into our universe, that of time.
Dark energy: What is this mysterious dark energy that drives expansion of our universe?
Supernovae: The pulsations that you see are supernovae.
Asteroids: The swarm of objects you see moving across the sky are asteroids.
Camera: How do you capture an image of this size? You build the largest digital camera in history.
Data management: The software is as critical to the science as the telescope and camera we've built.