#3. Astropy

Last edited on 2023-03-03 Tagged under  #space 

Here are this week's 3 links worth exploring:

  1. Open source software plays an important role in space science, with Python packages such as NumPy and matplotlib important to the mathematical work of astronomers. Started in 2011 from a mailing list for Python in astronomy, the Astropy Project is a BSD-licensed community effort to build and maintain a common core Python package for astronomy: https://www.astropy.org/

  2. SPICE is an observation geometry system for space science missions developed by NASA, comprising a library and toolkit. Though SPICE itself is not written in Python, SpiceyPy is a Pythonic wrapper for the SPICE toolkit: https://github.com/AndrewAnnex/SpiceyPy

  3. The calibration software suite, written in Python, for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is developed openly on GitHub. Its used to process all data from JWST instruments to produce science-ready, calibrated output for data science projects: https://github.com/spacetelescope/jwst

Quote of the Week: "This is the goal: To make available for life every place where life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet uninhabitable, and all life purposeful." — Hermann Oberth


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