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Dominic Ford

By day, I am a software developer working at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, on the transit discovery pipeline for the European Space Agency's PLATO mission (scheduled for a 2026 launch). I previously worked as a spectroscopist at Lund Observatory, developing rapid techniques for analysing the thousands of spectra that professional multi-object spectrographs such as WEAVE and 4MOST can produce in a single night.

Among my nocturnal projects, I run educational websites including https://in-the-sky.org and https://sciencedemos.org.uk . I wrote the software which the BAA uses to manage its online image galleries and archives, and also maintain the servers which run the BAA website.

2017 Jul 16

21:32 UTC

There are scheduled to be northern lights tonight, with a reasonable chance of them reaching as far south as Lund. Conveniently, I have access to a balcony which faces due north, so I'll leave a camera out taking photos every 30 seconds. The weather on the other hand may not cooperate... <https://in-the-sky.org/weather.php>.

2016 Nov 13

23:40 UTC

Testing 123

2016 Nov 11

17:57 UTC

Just been tweaking members pages a bit to make them load faster.

2016 Jul 5

00:21 UTC

Been tidying up the appearance of members' profile pages. Starting to look really good!

2016 Jul 4

23:27 UTC

This is a demonstration of the textual status update on my profile page.

2016 Jul 3

00:31 UTC

No hope of making any Meteor Pi observations tonight. Completely clouded out.

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