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The Messenger 117
September 2004

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First Science for the Virtual Observatory

Paolo Padovani [1], Mark G. Allen [2], Piero Rosati [3], Nicholas A. Walton [4]

[1] ST-ECF, European Southern Observatory; [2] Centre de Donnés Astronomiques de Strasbourg, France;
[3] European Southern Observatory; [4] Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK

Abstract: The Virtual Observatory will revolutionise the way we do Astronomy, by allowing easy access to all astronomical data and by making handling and analysing datasets at various locations across the globe much simpler and faster. We report here on the status of the Virtual Observatory in Europe and on the first science result coming out of it, the discovery of ~30 supermassive black holes that had previously escaped detection behind masking dust clouds.

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