Member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance

VO Day at ZAH Heidelberg, October 11, 2010

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. The goals of the Virtual Observatory are to

  • allow or improve access to astronomical data of all kinds (astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, time series,...), from everywhere, in well-defined protocols,
  • let astronomers easily discover, access and use data relevant to them,
  • ensure that data does not simply disappear, that it is properly described and can be accessed and understood in the future,
  • provide software to help astronomers to use all this.

The VO Day is intended to help you tap into the power of the Virtual Observatory. The one-day hands-on workshop will acquaint you with the tools and the structure of the VO.


The VO Day is intended for staff, postdocs, grad students and master students. If you want to participate please send an email to until October 4, 2010


The VO Day will take place on October 11, 2010 at Room 105, Universitätsrechenzentrum Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 293


Tools/Required Software

If you want to use your own laptop, please make sure the following software is installed and works properly:


The workshop will be led by Evanthia Hatziminaoglou (EURO-VO Facility Centre Astronomer, ESO-Garching).


For additional questions please contact