After several years of intensive technological development Virtual Observatory resources have reached a level of maturity sufficient for their routine scientific exploitation. The Virtual Observatory is starting to be used by astronomers in a transparent way. In this article I will review several research projects making use of the VO at different levels of importance. I will present two projects going further than data mining: (1) studies of environmental effects on galaxy evolution, where VO resources and services are used in connection with dedicated observations using a large telescope and numerical simulations, and (2) a study of optical and near-infrared colours of nearby galaxies complemented by the spectroscopic data.
Multi-wavelength Astronomy and Virtual Observatory
- Pub Date:
- July 2009
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
- invited talk at the Multi-wavelength Astronomy and Virtual Observatory Workshop. European Space Astronomy Centre, Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain, 1-3 Dec 2008: 7 pages, 4 figures