Big Data Analytics in Astronomy

From fundamental research on the most energetic events in the universe to the search for asteroids that may one day impact the Earth, the science of the next decade will be driven by data. Our ability to make scientific breakthroughs will…


DIRAC brings together researchers from Astrophysics, Computer Science & Engineering, Statistics, and other key disciplines to develop algorithms and infrastructure to process, analyze, and understand the science and questions arising from major astronomical imaging telescopes (e.g. LSST, MWA, SKA, Advanced…


DIRAC is creating an environment where scientists can harness interdisciplinary expertise to solve some of the most difficult questions facing Astronomy today. It  provides an interaction space between Astrophysics, Computer Science, Statistics, and other disciplines. It is a place where ideas…

Talks & News

Streak of lights over Pacific Northwest was Falcon 9 rocket debris

Dr. James Davenport, research assistant professor of astronomy at the UW and DiRAC associate director explains the current event in the KING 5 news coverage.

Top-End Assembly (TEA) on the Summit

A major milestone was reached in the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory last week. See the VIDEO here. The “Top End Assembly”, which holds the secondary mirror (M2), was lowered into place within the massive enclosure.

2021-03-08 Seminar: Jeffrey Regier (University of Michigan)

When: Monday, March 8th, 2021 Where: Join Zoom Meeting: Variational Inference for Cataloging the Visible Universe A key task in astronomy is to locate astronomical objects in images and to characterize them according to physical parameters such as color, apparent…

Letter From the Director

Welcome to the DiRAC Institute newsletter, and to the new academic year! Allow me to begin by introducing myself: I’m Mario Juric, Associate Professor of Astronomy at UW and the new Director of DiRAC. My interests span science and technology:…

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DiRAC & Astronomy on Tap Seattle Present: ASTRONOMY AT HOME

Next, February 11, 2021 at 7:00pm! Streaming from DIRAC YouTube channel

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List of publications

ADS link features recently published papers by DIRAC researchers.

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