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OpenSpace: An open-source astrovisualization framework

Bock, Alexander; Axelsson, Emil; Bladin, Karl; Costa, Jonathas; Payne, Gene; Territo, Matthew; Kilby, Joakim; Myers, Eric; Kuznetsova, Masha; Emmart, Carter; Ynnerman, Anders

OpenSpace is an open source interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire known universe and portray our ongoing efforts to investigate the cosmos. Bringing the latest techniques from data visualization research to the general public and scientists, OpenSpace supports interactive presentation of dynamic data from observations, simulations, and space mission planning and operations over a large span of sizes. The software supports multiple operating systems with an extensible architecture powering high resolution tiled displays, planetarium domes, as well as desktop computers. In addition, OpenSpace enables simultaneous connections across the globe creating opportunity for shared experiences among audiences worldwide.

We would like to acknowledge the Swedish e-Science Research Center (SeRC) for their support of this work. Parts of this work were supported by NASA under award No NNX16AB93A, the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment at NYU, NSF awards CNS-1229185, CCF-1533564, and CNS-1544753.
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