by Vincent Robert (Paris Observatory)

Albano 3: 6228 - Mega (22 seats) (Albano Building 3)

Albano 3: 6228 - Mega (22 seats)

Albano Building 3

The NAROO program has been created at Paris Observatory, Meudon, as a unique centre dedicated to the digitization and the analysis of old astro-photographic plates for scientific purposes, only. 
The renewed interest about photographic plates concerns the expansion of the database of transient objects evolving in time, since 1) digitization now makes it possible to measure images with a high level of accuracy and to identify all the available objects, 2) the arrival of the Gaia reference catalogs allows to realize reductions for past observations with today accuracy. The information extracted from such materials can be of an astrometric, photometric, and spectroscopic nature, when not purely imaging, with consequences in planetology, near-Earth asteroid risk assessment, astrophysical phenomena, and general relativity, to mention but a few. Since we invite researchers to use our facilities and digitize their collection (free of charge), we detail the program, first scientific results, and upcoming uses for the community.