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Learn Software Carpentry at #AAS229

by Guest September 27, 2016

Azalee Bostroem (@astro_az) is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Davis. Do you find yourself reading code in Python, sometimes attempting to update it, and all the time wishing you had been taught some Python in undergrad or graduate school? As astronomers we find ourselves frequently […]

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Web Apps in the Cloud: Even Astronomers Can Write Them!

by Guest October 20, 2014

Philip Cowperthwaite and Peter K. G. Williams work in time-domain astronomy at Harvard. Philip is a graduate student working on the detection of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave events, and Peter studies magnetic activity in low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and planets. Astronomers that study GRBs are well-known for racing to follow up bursts immediately after […]

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Astropy v0.4 Released

by Guest September 8, 2014

Erik Tollerud is a Hubble Fellow at Yale University, and is a member of the Astropy Coordinating Committee.  His research interests are centered on local dwarf galaxies and near-field cosmology, but he also has a strong interest in the development and sharing of better science software. This July, we performed the third major public release […]

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Creating Online Apps for Outreach and Education

by Guest July 14, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Stefano Meschiari, a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on planet formation, exoplanet detection, and all-around software development for fun and outreach. Introduction Outreach has become an essential part of our job as astronomers. A considerable portion of astronomy […]

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Astropy Tutorials: Learn how to do common astro tasks with astropy and Python

by Guest July 7, 2014

This is a guest post by Adrian Price-Whelan (@adrianprw), an NSF graduate fellow at Columbia University. Adrian works on tidal streams and Galactic dynamics, is an open source enthusiast, Python developer, and plays bass for death ray architect. He is also an instructor in the SciCoder workshops and Python workshops at AAS meetings. Astropy is […]

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Visualization Fun with Python

by Jess K February 10, 2014

The below plot is my favorite data visualization I created for my thesis. It is a 2D density plot with histograms projected along each axis. I based the above plot on code from here, however this plot also includes a 2D temperature/density plot in the middle, and 1/2/3 sigma contour lines.  Below is the code I […]

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AAS Hack Day 2014

by Elizabeth January 22, 2014

On Thursday, January 9th, a band of intrepid astronomers gathered for the second AAS Hack Day. Hack Days are traditional events in software development circles, where people with skills, ideas, and the willingness to dedicate a day of their lives get together to make interesting projects happen. Much like the first Hack Day at AAS […]

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Astropy v0.3 Release

by Guest January 15, 2014

This is a guest post by Erik Tollerud, a member of the Astropy Coordination Committee and a Hubble Fellow at Yale University. His research focuses on Local Group dwarf galaxies and their connections to cosmology. In November 2013, we published the second public release (v0.3) of the Astropy package, a core Python package for Astronomy. Astropy is a […]

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Conference highlights from SciPy 2013

by Guest September 4, 2013

This is a guest post by Matthew Turk, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. This summer saw the twelfth edition of the annual SciPy conference in Austin, Texas from June 24th to 29th. Python users will recognize the name of the SciPy package, which includes a core scientific toolkit, but the SciPy conference has a […]

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10 Best Practices for Scientific Computing

by Chris Crockett August 1, 2013

Astronomy Computing Today offers 10 Best Practices for Scientific Computing, itself a summary of a paper by Wilson et al.: Best Practices for Scientific Computing. Software is now considered by many as a scientific instrument, and it has assumed the same importance as “telescopes and test tubes”…[however it] is not yet developed, tested and validated with […]

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