Future Directions in Astronomy VisualisationC.J. Fluke, P.D. Bourke, D. O'Donovan
PASA (Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia), Vol 23, Issue 1, 2006, pp 12-24.
Despite the large budgets spent annually on astronomical research equipment such as telescopes, instruments and supercomputers, the general trend is to analyse and view the resulting datasets using small, two-dimensional displays. We report here on alternative advanced image displays, with an emphasis on displays that we have constructed, including stereoscopic projection, multiple projector tiled displays and a digital dome. These displays can provide astronomers with new ways of exploring the terabyte and petabyte datasets that are now regularly being produced from all-sky surveys, high-resolution computer simulations, and Virtual Observatory projects. We also present a summary of the Advanced Image Displays for Astronomy (AIDA) survey which we conducted from March-May 2005, in order to raise some issues pertinent to the current and future level of use of advanced image displays.Keywords
methods: data analysis -- techniques: image processing -- astronomical databases: miscellaneousPDF