yourSky: Rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics

Joseph C. Jacob, Robert Brunner, David W. Curkendall, S. George Djorgovski, John C. Good, Laura Husman, George Kremenek, Ashish Mahabal

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


The yourSky custom astronomical image mosaicking software has a Web portal architecture that allows access via ordinary desktop computers with low bandwidth network connections to high performance and highly customizable mosaicking software deployed in a high performance computing and communications environment. The emphasis is on custom access to image mosaics constructed from terabytes of raw image data stored in remote archives. In this context, custom access refers to new technology that enables on the fly mosaicking to meet user-specified criteria for region of the sky to be mosaicked, datasets to be used, resolution, coordinate system, projection, data type and image format. The yourSky server is a fully automated end-to-end system that handles all aspects of the mosaic construction. This includes management of mosaic requests, determining which input images are required to fulfill each request, management of a data cache for both input image plates and output mosaics, retrieval of input image plates from massive remote archives, image mosaic construction on a multiprocessor system, and making the result accessible to the user on the desktop. The URL for yourSky is

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventVirtual Observatories - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2002Aug 26 2002


  • Astronomical image mosaics
  • Data access
  • Image reprojection
  • Web portal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'yourSky: Rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this