[AstroPy] Why Python for Astronomy?

Wayne Watson sierra_mtnview at sbcglobal.net
Mon May 3 09:54:31 EDT 2010

(This bounced with a permanent error, so I'm trying again 24 hours later.)
I've been thinking of offering a 2-3 hour introductory class in Python 
for people interested in astronomy. To be specific, it's a large pretty 
serious amateur astronomy group called Society of Astronomical Science 
(SAS), which meets annually in Big Bear, Calif. They usually have the 
day prior to the conference reserved for 3-4 classes, e.g., photometry, 
spectroscopy, astronomy software methods, ..., etc. Of late, they have 
had their conference occasionaly with AAVSO, and expect that to be next 
year or 2012.  Has the Python astronomy section, if it exists, written a 
short description of the usefulness of Python in astronomy? If so, I'd 
like to reference it in a proposal for a Python class in the next year 
or so at their conference.

            Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

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