Interactive 3D Visualization for Theoretical Virtual Observatories

  title={Interactive 3D Visualization for Theoretical Virtual Observatories},
  author={Timothy Dykes and Amr H. Hassan and Claudio Gheller and Darren J. Croton and Mel Krokos},
Virtual Observatories (VOs) are online hubs of scientific knowledge. They encompass a collection of platforms dedicated to the storage and dissemination of astronomical data, from simple data archives to e-research platforms offering advanced tools for data exploration and analysis. Whilst the more mature platforms within VOs primarily serve the observational community, there are also services fulfilling a similar role for theoretical data. Scientific visualization can be an effective tool for… 
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