Monthly Archives: August 2013

Astropy: A Community Python Package for Astronomy

The rapid adoption of Python by the astronomical community was starting to make it a victim of its own success, with fragmented development of Python packages across different groups. Thus began  the Astropy project began in 2011, with an ambitious … Continue reading

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Parallel Astronomical Data Processing with Python: Recipes for multicore machines

Most astronomers (myself included) have a high performance compute engine on their desktops. Modern computers now contain multicore processors, whose development was prompted by the need to reduce heat dissipation and power consumption but which give users a powerful processing … Continue reading

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Visualizing Astronomical Data with Blender

Mining the science content of modern, complex astronomy data sets requires the development of new approaches to visualization, and accordingly many groups have begun to investigate new visualization tool and technologies. Brian Kent of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) … Continue reading

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Extremely Large Images: Considerations for Contemporary Approach.

This is the title of a paper by Kitaeff, Wicenec, Wu and Taubman recently posted on astro-ph. The paper addresses the issues of accessing and interacting with very large data-cube images that will be be produced by next generation of … Continue reading

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