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MPIK Astropy Workshop


Please bring your laptop to the workshop!

Astropy is a community-developed core Python package for Astronomy (with the term used in the broad sense, from Solar System work to Cosmology). The first public release (v0.2) took place on February 20th 2013.

The scope of the workshop is not to give a complete introduction to Python, but instead to make you familiar with Astropy so that you can directly use it in your work/research. The functionality is presented in such a way that beginners in Python should be able to follow, but please ensure that you have a functional Python distribution installed prior to the workshop.

The format of the workshop will be to have several ~20 minute sessions to look at different parts of Astropy. In each session, I will spend 5-10 minutes presenting the basic functionality of a given package, during which you are encouraged to follow along on your laptop. The remaining time (10-15 minutes) will be spent on practical exercises. Each session will have exercises of increasing difficulty, so that both beginners, intermediate, and experienced users can find challenges at their level.

Advanced users can always go and look at the documentation if certain topics (e.g. running Python and data types) are already known.

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This workshop makes use of the template developed for the Practical Python for Astronomers workshop at, which was developed by Tom Aldcroft, Tom Robitaille, Brian Refsdal, Gus Muench and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory creation.

Authors:Thomas Robitaille
Copyright:2013 Thomas Robitaille
Copyright: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under terms of CC Attribution 3.0 Creative Commons