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China and Europe together launch ESASky in Chinese

With the close collaboration between National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and European Space Agency (ESA), ESA’s world-leading interactive celestial atlas, ESASky, has now been translated into Chinese. Alongside its English and Spanish language versions, this makes ESASky available to nearly one quarter of the world population in their native tongue. The ESASky in Chinese is scheduled to be available on June 11, 2020 (UST).

NAOC and ESA have long-time collaboration in science research and scientific data open access. NAOC is the host institute of China’s National Astronomical Data Center (NADC) and ChineseVirtual Observatory (China-VO), an online astronomical research and education environment that provides seamless, global access to astronomical information. The ESASky in Chinese is one of the latest achievements between the two partners.

The China-VO and Astroinformatics 2019 was held successfully

The China-VO and Astroinformatics 2019 was held successfully in Daqing from Nov. 27th to Dec. 1st. More than 100 persons attended the event. Slides and other information are available at the meeting website.

The China-VO and Astroinformatics 2018 was held successfully


The China-VO and Astroinformatics 2018 was held successfully in Jingdezhen from Nov. 21-25. More than 170 persons attended the event. Slides and other information are available at the meeting website.


LAMOST DR3 is available to the world

On June 30, 2017, LAMOST released its third Data Release (DR3) to astronomers worldwide, which includes all spectra obtained during the pilot survey and the first three years' regular survey. Through LAMOST DR3, a total number of 5.75 million spectra were released to the international community, which included 4.66 million high-quality spectra with SNR ≥ 10. Besides, a catalogue which is provided stellar parameters of 3.17 million stars was also released internationally in this data set. DR3 has thus resulted in the largest public spectral set and stellar parameter catalogue in the world at present. According to the international practice, LAMOST DR3 is completely open to the world after the protection period. Anyone that is interested in using LAMOST DR3 can log on the website to download this data set. Technical support is provided by Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO) .

IVOA Northern Spring Meeting 2017 will be held in Shanghai hosted by China-VO and SHAO

The IVOA Northern Spring 2017 Interoperability Meeting will be held in Shanghai, the largest city in China from May 14-19, 2017. The meeting is being organised by the Chinese Virtual Observatory and Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. Please visit to the meeting website for more information.


Aliyun becomes strategic partner of the China-VO

On 13 Oct., Yan Jun and Hu Xiaoming, as the director of National Astronomical Observatory of China and president of Aliyun Cloud Computing Co., Ltd. respectively, together announced the news of their strategic cooperation in the 2016 Computing Conference hold in Hangzhou. Both will take full advantage of the strength of the partners in their respective areas to carry out cooperation in interdisciplinary research and application to improve basic scientific research capabilities in astronomy and to extend the application of latest research results of cloud computing in advanced scientific fields.

The scene photo in the press conference


Yan Jun (the director of National Astronomical Observatory) spoke in the conference

China-VO Paper Data Repository online

China-VO Paper Data Repository provides long-term storage and open access service for your paper data, which includes but not limited tables, figures, pictures, movies, source codes, models, software packages mentioned in your scientific papers. A permanent but user specified URL will be provided for each item. Furthermore, copyrights of these properties are still owned by yourself.
Getting started with China-VO Paper Data, please click here.

SDSS CasJobs in Beijing is online with SDSS DR12 and LAMOST DR1

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Project report prepared for IVOA TM-57

At the beginning of 2015, AstroCloud, the China-VO service portal was selected as one of "Top 10 e-Science applications" by Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since its release on May 15, 2015, AstroCloud has served 2 telescopes for proposal submission, 10 projects for data archiving and management. 300 users have been registered, and more than 100 virtual machine instances have been created.

As the latest use case of "scientific data based astronomical education and public outreach" from China-VO, Chinese ancient constellation catalogue and figures are integrated into Worldwide Telescope (WWT), and released freely to the public. Related work was shown at the 225th AAS in Seattle in January 2015.


The Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference provides a forum for scientists and programmers concerned with algorithms, software and software systems employed in the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data. The ADASS XXIV is underway in Calgary, Canada.

China-VO has been contributing to the conference activity for several years. 5 presentations from the China-VO team are submitted to the ADASS XXIV, including one oral presentation and 4 posters. These presentations focus on the recently released AstroCloud system. Backgrounds, architecture, data management, interoperability, cloud computing, current status of the AstroCloud are covered in these presentations.

For more information, please refer to website of the conference at:

Program Organizing Committee (POC) shows strong interest in holding an ADASS conference in China in the future.

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