The littleBits Exoplanet Detector: A NAM 2014 Hack Day Project

Yesterday was the Hack Day at the UK National Astronomy Meeting 2014 in Portsmouth. I organised it with my good friend Arfon Smith of GitHub, formerly Zooniverse. We wanted to try and start a new NAM tradition - it went well so maybe we did. I'm psyched that .Astronomy got to help make it happen... Continue Reading →

Orbiting Links

I've added a new section to Orbiting Frog today: Orbiting Links ( This new page displays an automated set of URLs currently being shared by the astronomers of Twitter. This is a work in progress, but it seems to be producing good results so far. Orbiting Links is created by taking a small set of my favourite astro-Tweeters, and following... Continue Reading →

Geocoding the Literature

I (or rather my computer) spent most of this morning geocoding the database of astronomical papers that I scraped from NASA ADS a while back. I’ve got about a quarter of a million papers, covering several of the major astronomical journals (MNRAS, ApJ, A&A, PASP and AJ) back to their first publications. There are 7... Continue Reading →

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