In a magazine article I recently read about astronomy and cosmology I was struck by the similarities between analytics practitioners, some referred to as “data scientists,” and multi-wavelength astronomers who use spectroscopy instruments.

For those who may not be familiar with astronomy, multi-wavelength astronomers are researchers who analyze mountains of data about stars and star formation in our universe. Astronomical spectroscopy can be divided into three bands across the broad light spectrum: optical, radio and X-ray.  

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