Astronomy Hack Day

Back at the first .Astronomy conference in Cardiff, Rob, Alasdair and I got talking about computer code during one of the coffee breaks. Following talks about things like PaperScope there was a joke suggestion for a Google Sky/astronomical papers mash-up. This was partly in jest but Alasdair had duly hacked together something that worked by the end of the morning session. Impressed by what could be achieved I suggested we have an Astronomy Hack Day. Brilliantly, Alasdair didn't say this idea was rubbish and even volunteered to host one at Exeter. And so Astronomy Hack Day was born.

The event will be a chance for a bunch of people to code, solder, tinker and come up with some interesting ideas using astronomy data and services available on the web. These ideas may be earth-shattering or, more likely, they may be frivilous. Either way it should be fun to hack together something astronomical in a short space of time.

These days though, everything needs a logo. I've been rather lacking in inspiration - there are only so many times I can use a star in an astronomy-related logo - but have managed to create two potential logos. Which do you prefer? Can you do better? Let me know in the comments below or send me a tweet.

Astronomy Hack Day
Astronomy Hack Day Logo 1 CREDIT: Stuart

Astronomy Hack Day
Astronomy Hack Day Logo 2 CREDIT: Stuart

Astronomy Hack Day
Astronomy Hack Day Logo 3 CREDIT: Robert aka @maltesk

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 26th Jan 2009 (15:44 GMT) | Permalink
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