Category Archives: Astronomy

AstroVirgil

AstroVirgil is a user friendly Java tool to analyze data from the Chandra X-ray telescope. It reads level 2 event files and displays images, spectrums and light curves and can filter photons based on their sky position, energy level or … Continue reading

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AIPS

Astronomical Image Processing System. This is the classic system used to reduce radio observations. Find AIPS at: http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/aips/

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IRAF

Image Reduction and Analysis Facility Find IRAF at: http://iraf.noao.edu/iraf-homepage.html

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Starchart – Star mapping software

There is a sky. There are things in the sky. This program draws maps of things in the sky. Find Starchart – Star mapping software at: http://starchart.sourceforge.net/

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PyEphem

PyEphem provides scientific-grade astronomical computations for the Python programming language. Given a date and location on the Earth’s surface, it can compute the positions of the Sun and Moon, of the planets and their moons, and of any asteroids, comets, … Continue reading

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MoonTool

MoonTool is a desktop application that displays the times of the various phases of the Moon and a picture of the current Phase of the Moon. Find MoonTool at: http://www.fourmilab.ch/moontoolw/

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AstroPy

The Astropy Project is a community effort to develop a single core package for Astronomy in Python and foster interoperability between Python astronomy packages. Find AstroPy at: http://www.astropy.org/

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ASCOM Initiative

Common object models for scripted and programmable astronomy automation Find ASCOM Initiative at: http://www.ascom-standards.org/

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Nova

Nova is a free Integrated Observational Environment for astronomers. It combines an Ephemeris functionality with the capability of controlling modern "goto"Telescopes and popular CCD cameras. Find Nova at: http://nova.sourceforge.net/

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Nightfall

Interactive, user-friendly binary star program for lightcurve synthesis, animated views, data fitting and more. Can handle eccentric orbits, surface spots and asynchroneous rotation. Find Nightfall at: http://www.hs.uni-hamburg.de/DE/Ins/Per/Wichmann/Nightfall.html

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