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Useful Python information for Astronomers

Posted by – May 25, 2011

A new course online course for astronomers who want to use Python has been set up by some researchers at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics. Practical Python for Astronomers describes how to get up and running with Python and is meant to be used as a hands on set of workshops.

Particularly interesting are the instructions for setting up a working Python, Numpy and Scipy environment using the Enthought Python Distribution, which is free for academic use. As these are the main requirements of Pyflation I have added a link to this important information on the installation page.

Beyond setting up the Python environment the course details how to plot images, read and write data from files and other useful tasks for astronomers. The course looks very worthwhile and the goal is that other groups undertake to provide their own workshops using this material as the basis. All the material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution License so that it is easy to adapt and modify the course to individual needs.