Things you won't find in space

I created the LookUP service to make it easy to find specific astronomical objects. It won't find everything though.

One of the reasons an object isn't found is because the user didn't spell it correctly. To help with that, I've added a 'Did you mean?' option that will learn from successful searches and use those to suggest what you might have meant. This should improve over time. Another reason that a search fails is because the input wasn't something astronomical. Some recent examples include: books, coffee, Jesus, Freemasons, fish food, local news, God, and movies. None of these things were found in an astronomical context. Interestingly, these have all come from people using the iPhone application version.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 08th Jun 2009 (15:17 CEDT) | Permalink
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