Category Archives: Astronomy

Summer App Space Innovation Speaker Series

Summer App Space is a paid apprenticeship for LA students and teachers to learn to program while getting paid to do fun space-related projects, and this year they are funding 12 students to attend a six-week school learning to program … Continue reading

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Scientific Workflows for Science and the Science of Scientific Workflows

In this era of compute intensive astronomy, tools for managing complex workflows are becoming a crucial part of our science infrastructure. This video offers a fine introduction to the Pegasus workflow manager by the team leader, Ewa Deelman (ISI, USC). … Continue reading

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A New Python Pipeline for Reducing NIRSPEC Data Acquired at the Keck Observatory

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) (https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu) has just released a new data reduction pipeline (NSDRP) for data acquired with the Keck Observatory NIRSPEC cross-dispersed infrared echelle spectrograph. The pipeline is intended to reduce high-resolution (0.947 – 2.63 um) object spectra. … Continue reading

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The Montage Mosaic Engine and Visualization

Those of you who have used Montage probably know it as a toolkit for processing images to create mosaics. It is, however, finding applicability in the visualization of images, as described in “The Application of Montage to the Visualization of … Continue reading

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Spherical Panoramas for Astrophysical Data Visualization

This is the title of a paper by Brian Kent (NRAO), which has been accepted for publication in the PASP Special Focus Issue: Techniques and Methods for Astrophysical Data Visualization. You can download the paper from arXiv at https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.08807 .(I … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Astronomy Software (1986)

I admit that I have soft spot for these old videos. This one is from 1986. Now, the interfaces may seem primitive, yet the calculations are quite sophisticated – these types of programs are just as useful today.  

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