Welcome to VIALACTEA Science Gateway @Catania!

The aim of the VIALACTEA project is to exploit the combination of all the new-generation Infared -> Radio surveys of the Galactic Plane from space missions and ground-based facilities, using a novel data and science analysis paradigm based on 3D visual analytics and data mining framework, to build and deliver a quantitative 3D model of our VIALACTEA Galaxy as a star formation engine that will be used as a template for external galaxies and study star formation across the cosmic time.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To boost the scientific exploitation of ESA missions space data by developing new and carefully tailored image processing tools to carry out detection and extraction of compact sources and filamentary structures, as well as more complex shape-finding to identify bubble-like features from large scale Galactic Plane imaging surveys both in the infrared continuum and in gas molecular lines.
  • To combine in a VO-compatible and interoperable way the new-generation Galactic Plane surveys from space-borne missions and ground-based observatories, most of which are object of considerable European investments, to obtain a sub-arcminute resolution complete and homogeneous data coverage over the entire Galactic Plane from the infrared to the radio, that will extend the usage of already available space data and will multiply by many times the exploitation potential of the individual datasets.
  • To build and visualize a new 3D representation of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • To determine, map and visualize in 3D Galaxy-wide the quantitative relationship between the physical mechanisms locally responsible for the onset, triggering and regulation of star formation, and the end products of star formation measured by the Star Formation Rate and Star Formation Efficiency.
  • To bring to a common forum the scientific astronomical expertise and the e-Science technological know-how of european-leading research groups to develop the next generation data analysis tools that will enable time-effective steradiant-scale science in Galactic star formation.

Participants of the project are:

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA (INAF), UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V., MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITÈ D'AIX MARSEILLE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, NAGOYA UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

 

 

 This project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 607380 (VIALACTEA).