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The Dial-Up Sky

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Science  07 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5340, pp. 1010-1012
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5340.1010

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Astronomers are beginning to link surveys of hundreds of millions of stars and galaxies, seen at many wavelengths, into a virtual universe that can be explored with the click of a mouse. The goal, say survey leaders, is something like a single survey of the sky in 14 wavelengths, all accessible with links to one Web site. If done properly, researchers say, both astronomers and the public could have a virtual telescope, which could be a powerful tool for discovery.