SAI Virtual Observatory Project
This site is about the Virtual Observatory project at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University ( SAI MSU). We provide a public access to the growing set of astronomical services developed by the SAI RVO development team in accordance with the Virtual Observatory standards. We also provide an interactive access to our services.
We provide access (programmatic and interactive) to the all major and biggest astronomical catalogs (about 4 billions objects total) as well as other web-services.
The technology behind this project is based on the original algorithms and open-source software.
The Virtual Observatory (VO) is the main streamline of the modern technology development to facilitate the solution of science problems by providing programmatic access to the huge amount of astronomical data stored in the distributed and heterogeneous archives. Access of this kind requires software architecture, which was developed and adopted recently on the base of open standards of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and astronomical agreements, coordinated by IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance).