Ever since the computers were invented, it has become a vital part of the daily routines of mankind. In whatever sector and field of study one is involved in, computers become a necessity and is indispensable in making breakthroughs.
Today’s scientific research have also relied heavily on the power of computer. Astronomers employ the use of computers to help them in conducting tests.
The role of computers
The ingenuity of computers is that they are able to find and create patterns in seconds or minutes that would normally take the human brain tremendous amount of time to process.
Astronomers and computers
Astronomers are now making use of these machines or computers to aide them in their study of the stars, galaxy, and outer space phenomena. Through the computers identifying information regarding the basic properties of a certain star is made easy. The data fed through the system are sky survey images. Before computers took over the job, gathering this information would require sorting through of different wavelengths of light emanating from the star and analyzing the spectrum in details. With the advent of high-technology, the computers scan the images and identify patterns in the star to reveal its properties.
If researches were manually done, it would take several decades to identify the properties of billions of stars in the galaxy. But with technology today, astronomers are able to gather information in a less amount of time and at a lower cost.
Even before, computers have been employed in outer space researches. What makes this breakthrough significant and different is that this is the first time that a specific characteristic of a star is captured. Such traits include star composition and its size and are made possible through the images of that star taken over several years.
Impact of Discovery
This gives human race information regarding when a star was born, and how it evolved into the way it is at present time. Scientists can give the public detailed information regarding the history of the galaxy. By knowing the history of the stars and the galaxy, mankind is better informed of what might happen in the future and could create cautions in case something dire is impending.