Hack the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History

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  1. Over the weekend, I attended Hack the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History. In 24-hours, attendees learned about the museum's research work, flown through space by researchers from the Department of Astrophysics, and were invited to hack on star data and prototype new interfaces for the Digital Universe Atlas.
  2. tl,dr; You'll find the Hack the Universe projects on the AMNH Hack the Universe GitHub account.
  3. Below, my tweets from the event. It was the first time the museum has ever held an overnight hackathon. Given audience reaction in-person and online, museum officials should call it a grand success.
  4. It's interesting that the astrophysicsts don't use the usual words for interacting with their software. Instead of "clicking," "scrolling" and "swiping," they simply say "flying."
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