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Paper: Python in Astronomy
Volume: 172, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VIII
Page: 479
Authors: Pirzkal, Norbert; Hook, Richard N.
Abstract: We report on the use of Python to perform basic astronomical tasks. Python is a powerful, object-oriented scripting language that is easy to extend, free, and available for most computer platforms. Python, together with its Numerical module, and with the pFitsio module that is being developed by one of the authors, provides an attractive alternative to other languages such as Perl, IDL, and the IRAF CL, which are already widely used by the community. Simple examples of how Python can be used to explore and manipulate real astronomical data are given.
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