The Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster (ASTERICS) project aims to help Europe?s world-leading observatories work together to find common solutions to their Big Data challenges, their interoperability and scheduling, and their data access. Efficient planning of the observations, data access, interoperability with other astronomical resources and archives and knowledge extraction from observations are just a few of these challenges.
ASTERICS will also open up these facilities to the full international community, from professionals to the public, through the International Virtual Observatory Alliance and by funding citizen science mass participation experiments for the current and next generation of world-leading European observatories.
The project is led by the Netherlands institute for radio astronomy ASTRON, with a consortium of 22 European partner institutions, including the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC). We are particularly involved in the development of the interface for scheduling different facilities, searching synergies from commensal problems and solutions.
Other participants include the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) and the GTD company, the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), the Universidad de Granada and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
The facilities supported by the ASTERICS programme include the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a radio telescope currently being built at two locations in Australia and South Africa, as well as precursor/pathfinder experiments. Also the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the first high-energy gamma-ray world-wide observatory, comprising two large arrays of Cherenkov telescopes in the two hemispheres.
Other facilities benefitting from ASTERICS support include forthcoming experiments such as the Einstein gravitational-wave Telescope (ET), the Euclid Space Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and current facilities such as the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC), the gravitational-wave detector Advanced Virgo and the European Very Large Baseline Interferometry Network (EVN), KM3NeT, a telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea aiming to detect ghostly neutrino particles from space; or the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), an optical and infrared telescope currently being built in Chile.
Senior Institute members involved
, D. F. Torres, E. de Oña Wilhelmi