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Main actors in astronomy research in the country  There are 7 Research Institutes in the structure of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NAS of Ukraine), 2 Research Institutes in the structure of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine (MESYS of Ukraine); 15 astronomical observatories and Departments in the structure of the Universities of the MESYS of Ukraine; 1 Private Astronomical Observatory play a main role in the development and teaching Astronomy in Ukraine.
The XPM Catalog  Absolute proper motions of 280 million stars distributed all over the sky without gaps in the magnitude range 10m < V <20m on the basis of combined data from 2MASS and USNO-A2.0 catalogues.
MAO NASU Plate Archive   Digital archive of MAO NAS of Ukraine (GPA) comprises data of about 26 thousands of direct photographic plates, obtained with 14 instruments in 9 observational sites, and more than 2000 digital images of different resolution available via GPA search pages.
Mykolaiv AO Plate Archive   Digital archive of Mykolaiv Aastronomical Observatory (MykAO) includes astronomical data obtained during observations with photo plates and CCD frames. The digitization of the archive is near its completion. Digitized images are available via a web browser and Aladin.
AO LNU Plate Archive   Astronomical Observatory of Lviv National University (AO LNU) is the owner of valuable archive that stores approximately 8 000 of photographic plates from 1939, including nearly 6 000 direct images of the northern sky. The archive is partly digitized and images are available via the joint search pages of AO LNU and MAO NASU.
IRA UTR-2 catalogue of RS   The very-low frequency sky survey of discrete sources has been obtained in the Institute of Radio Astronomy of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (Kharkov, Ukraine) with the UTR-2 radio telescope at a number of the lowest frequencies used in contemporary radio astronomy within the range from 10 to 25 MHz.
Mykolaiv AO stellar catalogues   27 astrometric stellar catalogues of Mykolaiv Aastronomical Observatory (MykAO) in VOTable format are available for downloading
AO KNU Historic Plate Archive   AO KNU glass collection contains about 20 thousand photographic plates. Historical part of the archive was received during 1898-1946 and now is being digitized.
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The Role of Data Science in Astronomy and Interstellar Exploration 
Space has always been a fascinating frontier for humans. From the first satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957, to the amazing Mars rovers, our adventures in space show our love for discovery, creativity, and courage. Exploring space is a big dream, always pushing us to learn more and go further. Nowadays, data science is making a meaningful contribution to space technology. It's changing how we think about space. Being able to gather, understand, and use lots of data has helped us get to know the universe better and has changed how we explore and move through space...
GRID-based Virtual Observatory VIRGO.UA 
VO VIRGO.UA for cosmology and astrophysics is a segment of VO «Infrastructure»- a virtual organization, which deals with ensuring the provision of standards for Grid Services for virtual organizations, to ensure reliability functioning of the Ukrainian power grid, Grid training for users and administrators of the Grid sites, as well as the creation of technical conditions UNG for entry into the international grid community...
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US VAO Data Discovery Portal 
Find datasets from thousands of astronomical collections known to the VO and over wide areas of the sky. This includes important collections from archives around the world. Feedback on your experience with the tool is appreciated -- please send your comments, suggestions, and questions to the VAO Help Desk.
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 Vasilenko Nikolay Artemovich 

General data:

Born: 20.11.1925

Place of birth: Jambul city, Kazakh SSR

Studied in: Tashkent Geodetic College (Tashkent Geodetic Technical School (now Tashkent Vocational College of Geodesy and Cartography)) (1940-1942); Moscow Institute of Engineers of Geodesy, Aerial Photography and Cartography (since 1993 Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography) (1956-1962); Tashkent State Geodetic College (Tashkent Geodetic Technical School (now Tashkent Vocational College of Geodesy and Cartography)) (1947-1949);

Key interests: celestial mechanics, minor bodies of the Solar System, astrometry, informatic technologies, astronomy, geodesy, exploration of the Moon. PhD Thesis: Investigation of astronomical refraction anomalies (1977 Main Astronomical Observatory of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Pulkovo);


He was born on November 20, 1925 (according to other sources, March 11, 1924) in the Dzhambul city of the Kazakh SSR in a working class family.

After graduating from school in 1940 he entered the Tashkent Geodetic College, where he studied until February 1942.

In February 1942 he was mobilized into the Soviet Army. After training at the Cavalry School in February-October 1942 he was sent to the front. In February 1943, during the liberation of the Ukrainian SSR, he was wounded, the recovery dog ​​was sent to the tank school, after training he was sent to the front as a gun commander and mechanic-driver of the T-34 tank. He took part in the liberation of the Ukrainian SSR, the Moldavian SSR, Romania and Bulgaria. He was demobilized from the Soviet Army in March 1947.

For participation in hostilities in the Great Patriotic War he received several awards: in 1944 the medal "for courage", and in 1945 medals "for courage" and "for victory over Germany", in 1965 and 1975 he was awarded, respectively, medals "20 years of victory over Nazi Germany" and "30 years of victory over Nazi Germany", and in 1978 received the medal "60 years of the Soviet Army".

During 1947-1949 he re-studied at the Tashkent State Geodetic College.

From the end of May 1949 to September 1951 he worked as an observer of trianpulation of I and II classes in the Central Asian aerogeodetic enterprise in Alma-Ata city, and from September 1951 to April 1957 in the Kazakh aerogeodetic enterprise in Tashkent city.

In 1952-1953 he was on a business trip from the General Directorate of Geodesy and Cartography to China.

During 1956-1962 he studied at the Astronomical and Geodetic Faculty of the Moscow Institute of Engineers of Geodesy, Aerial Photography and Cartography. He received a degree in astronomer-surveyor.

In parallel with his studies at the Moscow Institute of Engineers of Geodesy, Aerial Photography and Cartography, he worked as a senior engineer and inspector of technical control at the Voronezh Institute of Industrial Design in 1957-1960, and then as a marketing manager at the Baku Metro Construction Company in 1960-1962.

After graduating from university he studied at the Riga Missile School, after which he received the rank of lieutenant engineer to the position of platoon commander training data for the launch of strategic missiles.

Since January 1963 to January 1964 he worked as an engineer at T. G. Shevchenko Kyiv State University at the Department of Geodesy and Cartography.

In January 1964 he joined the Main Astronomical Observatory of the Ukrainian SSR as an engineer in the Department of Photographic Astronomy, six months later he became a leading engineer, and since May 1977 he worked as a junior researcher in the Department of Photographic Astrometry, and in March In 1983 he was transferred to the position of chief engineer, and from the end of April 1986 he worked as a researcher in the Department of Fundamental Astrometry, from the end of February 1987 as a chief engineer in the Department of Space Geodynamics, and in late April he was transferred to the position of engineer in The high-altitude observation base "Terskol" was vacated on April 30, 1987 in connection with the "expiration of temporary work".

In the first half of the year, when he was hired by the Main Astronomical Observatory of the Ukrainian SSR, he participated in the calculation of reference bases of the lunar surface.

In 1965-1975 he studied the anomalies of astronomical refraction in the Earth's atmosphere, and the results were later published in 12 scientific articles, and he prepared his dissertation "Study of Anomalies of Astronomical Refraction", which he defended in October 1977 at the Main Astronomical Observatory of Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Pulkovo city. In 1976 he was engaged in the processing of photographic observations of small planets, during the year he mastered the method of processing them, compiled a program to calculate the exact positions of small planets and perfored 32 such calculations.

Since 1976 he has been one of the responsible executors of the topic "Determination of the exact positions of the bodies of the solar system by photographic method" and "Absolute orientation of the selenoside coordinate system" since 1978. On this topic he observed the positions of the Moon among the stars and participated in their processing.

During 1964-1976 he taught the course "Space Cartography" for students of the T. G. Shevchenko Kiev Order of Lenin State University, as a freelance lecturer at the Faculty of Geography. Since 1965 to 1968 he worked part-time as a senior lecturer.

He took part in an expedition to observe a solar eclipse.

In total, the scientist is the author of 26 scientific articles and co-author of 5 reports on research topics.

Main publications:
  1. Василенко Н. А. Точность определения координат места и моментов наблюдения кольцеобразного солнечного затмения 20 мая 1966 г.//Астрометрия и астрофизика, 1968, № 6, С. 76-78
  2. Василенко Н. А. Наблюдения астрономической рефракциии в Голосееве на больших зенитных расстояниях// Астрометрия и астрофизика, вып.5., 1969- С.47-62 К.: Наукова думка
  3. Василенко Н. А. Определение долготы ГАО АН УССР (Голосеево)// Астрометрия и астрофизика, вып.7., 1969- К.: Наукова думка С.91-95
  4. Василенко Н. А. Анализ аномалий астрономической рефракции// Астрономический циркуляр, №640,- М.: Изд-во АН СССР, 1974 (0.2 с)

  1  Василенко Микола Артемович. Особова справа ГАО НАН УКраїни, Опис "3, справа 8, 52 с.
  2  Приказы директора ГАО АН УССР. Кадры с 1 по 97. 04.01-31.12.1987 Экземпляр 2.- Опис 3, Том 1 Справа 2 , 232 с.- С.72

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