The presentation of astronomical data in research publications has traditionally taken the form of countless pages of tables and static plots. Today, modern digital publication formats give us alternate options — and one increasingly popular way to present complex data in AAS journals is via interactive figures.
What’s an Interactive Figure?
Gone are the days of nothing but static images! AAS journals now support figures that readers can explore and manipulate, allowing authors to present information in unique ways that overcome the limitations of traditional figures.
While reading a scientific article, have you ever wanted to see data in more than two dimensions? Wished you could pull numbers directly from a plot? Or rescale axes to your preferred units? Or fly through zoomable data, view it from different angles, and focus in on different regions?
With interactive figures, you can do all this and more.
GIF of an interaction with an image describing a supernova remnant model from Kolb et al. 2017.
Exploring an Interactive Figure
Ready to check one out for yourself?
Click here to visit an example of an interactive figure.
The link above will take you to a set of X-ray light curves for a recurrent nova, ...