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Title:
Discovering the Unexpected in Astronomical Survey Data
Authors:
Norris, Ray P.
Affiliation:
AA(Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South, NSW 1797, Australia; CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia)
Publication:
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 34, id.e007 10 pp. (PASA Homepage)
Publication Date:
01/2017
Origin:
CUP
Astronomy Keywords:
surveys, telescopes
Abstract Copyright:
2017: Astronomical Society of Australia
DOI:
10.1017/pasa.2016.63
Bibliographic Code:
2017PASA...34....7N

Abstract

Most major discoveries in astronomy are unplanned, and result from surveying the Universe in a new way, rather than by testing a hypothesis or conducting an investigation with planned outcomes. For example, of the ten greatest discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope, only one was listed in its key science goals. So a telescope that merely achieves its stated science goals is not achieving its potential scientific productivity.
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