We are very happy to announce the v1.3 release of the Astropy package, a core Python package for Astronomy:
Astropy is a community-driven Python package intended to contain much of the core functionality and common tools needed for astronomy and astrophysics.
New and improved major functionality in this release includes:
In addition, hundreds of smaller improvements and fixes have been made. An overview of the changes is provided at:
Instructions for installing Astropy are provided on our website, and extensive documentation can be found at:
If you make use of the Anaconda Python Distribution, you can update to Astropy v1.3 with:
conda update astropy
If you normally use pip, you can upgrade with:
pip install astropy --upgrade
Please report any issues, or request new features via our GitHub repository:
Over 210 developers have contributed code to Astropy so far, and you can find out more about the team behind Astropy here:
Astropy v1.0 (our long term support release) will continue to be supported with bug fixes until the v2.0 release in June 2017, so if you need to use Astropy in a very stable environment, you may want to consider staying on the v1.0.x set of releases (for which we are simultaneously releasing v1.0.11).
While we typically do not support non-LTS releases, we are also simultaneously releasing an Astropy v1.2.2, the last in that series. This update is primarily to include a leap second at the end of 2016 (but also contains other bug fixes).
If you use Astropy directly for your work, or as a dependency to another package, please remember to include the following acknowledgment at the end of papers:
“This research made use of Astropy, a community-developed core Python package for Astronomy (Astropy Collaboration, 2013).”
where (Astropy Collaboration, 2013) is a reference to the Astropy paper:
Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested in this release! The announcement can also be found online at http://www.astropy.org/announcements/release-1.3.html.
Erik Tollerud, Tom Robitaille, Kelle Cruz, and Tom Aldcroft on behalf of The Astropy Collaboration