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Submission + - New Life for Century Old Astronomical Data (

MCastelaz writes: A team of astronomers has launched a crowdfunding campaign to digitize 100 year old astronomical photographic plates . “With modern data analysis techniques applied to precisely digitized images of the night sky going back to the late 19th century, we expect new discoveries of celestial events that go flash in the night, like novae.” Says Dr. Michael Castelaz, Science Director at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute where this new research effort called The Astronomy Legacy Project is being developed. The project, which was recently launched on Kickstarter, has three weeks left to go.
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New Life for Century Old Astronomical Data

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Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.