Chile’s First Virtual Observatory is Launched

The observatory will process about 250 terabytes of annual data

Observatorio Virtual
Imagen: Directorio Construcción

On April 24th, ChiVo, the first Chilean virtual observatory, was launched after two years of work. The main objective of this initiative is to promote an astro-informatic platform with the aim of managing and analysing great amounts of data that the country’s astronomical observatories gather.

Given the great amount of information to be analysed, the observatory will allow for the use of advanced computational tools and algorithms for the study of these data. In addition, it will be possible to have access to storage places that can store great amount of data. As an example, once it is completely operative, ChiVo will help to transfer all the information ALMA observatory generates, that is to say, about 250 terabytes of annual data.

The project is led by Universidad Federico Santa María and financed by the Fondo de Fomento al Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDEF). Other institutions like Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and Red Universitaria Nacional (REUNA) are also participating in the initiative.

Mauricio Solar, director of the project and professor of the Informatics Department at Universidad Federico Santa María, said that “this innovation will allow the astronomical data to be processed in Chile with great quality local labour force and will integrate the national astro-informatics to the global community at the highest development level.”

Thanks to ChiVo, Chile will be part of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA).

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