Tom Aldcroft

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Astropy and astronomical tools Part I
SciPy 2014
Erik Bray , Perry Greenfield , Thomas Robitaille , Tom Aldcroft
Recorded: July 9, 2014Language: English

The introductory session will start with an overview of the astropy project and the goals of the tutorial, followed by the basics on accessing astronomical data and the associated attributes of such data, including the units and coordinates. Also covered is how to use the new and powerful quantities facility, which allows physical quantities to be explicitly bound to the units they are defined in.

29. Keeping the Chandra satellite cool with Python and Xija
PyCon US 2012
Tom Aldcroft
Recorded: March 11, 2012Language: English

The Chandra X-ray Observatory has been producing significant astronomical discoveries since its launch by NASA in July of 1999. The Chandra operations team uses Python for predictive thermal modeling of the spacecraft to maintain a safe thermal environment. This poster describes the Xija modeling framework that is used to create, calibrate, and compute these thermal models.