September 2011

[Link] Statistics with Python

by Jessica Lu September 30, 2011

Astronomers rely on statistical analysis all the time. The Python programming language has some excellent add-on packages for statistics. But sometimes the documentation isn’t as helpful in “real-world” scenarios. Prasanth Nair has posted a very nice tutorial on Simple Statistics with Python over at his blog. I highly recommend it for new users of python […]


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Professional Development at AAS 219 in Austin

by Kelle September 15, 2011

Updated Oct 10, 2011 with additional workshops and more details. The 219th AAS Meeting in Austin, TX from January 8-12, 2012 is coming up, and as a continued tradition, thanks to growing community involvement and NSF funding, professional development workshops, seminars, and special sessions will once again be offered. This year, more than ever! The […]

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iObserve: The Astronomical Observing App We’ve Been Waiting For

by Guest September 14, 2011

This is a guest post by Cédric Foellmi, the developer of a Mac App called iObserve. After more than a year of development, starting almost from scratch, iObserve is now a stable and complete app aimed at planning and performing professional astronomical observations. Like many software, iObserve is the app I would have loved to […]


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Call to Action to Save JWST

by Kelle September 2, 2011

Honestly, I haven’t been keeping up with the day-to-day developments about the threat to cancel to JWST. I assumed that the cancellation by the House Appropriations Subcommittee in the FY12 budget proposal was an empty threat and that the higher-ups in the US Astronomical community would take care of it. However, based on conversations with […]


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Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL)

by Guest September 2, 2011

You don’t know me, but if you’ve written an astrophysics code useful for producing published results, I’d like to know you, or at least know of your code. I’m Alice Allen, primary editor of the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL). The ASCL is a free online reference library of (wait for it…. ) …yes! Astrophysics […]

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