[Baypiggies] Reminder: Meeting next Week: Using Python to Analyze Datacubes in Astronomy

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Fri Jan 22 00:29:07 EST 2016

Here is your friendly reminder that we will be meeting a week from tonight
at our old haunt at LinkedIn.

We have the big room and food is catered.

Note that we start at 7:30 instead of 7 due to scheduling restrictions for
the room.

We started this year a little rocky. So, let's show our support for our
first meeting of 2016.


Thursday, January 28, 2016 Meeting

Topic: Using Python to Analyze Datacubes in Astronomy

Speaker: David Clark


In this talk, I will discuss how I used Python to extract scientific
information from a data cube. I used the astronomical instrument, NIFS
(Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer), on the 8-m Gemini North
telescope in Hawaii to acquire observations of the stunning, hourglass
planetary nebula, HB 12. This instrument spreads light out into a spectrum
over a small region of the sky. The output data is in the form of a data
cube, with sky coordinates along the x and y directions and wavelength
along the z direction. Spectra of planetary nebulae are important for
understanding their structure and composition. I will discuss the Python
scripts I used to analyze these data. Additionally, this talk will also
cover the plotting library APLpy, which can be used to make publication
quality figures.


David Clark has used Python extensively during his career as an astronomer.
He graduated with a BA in Physics from Colby College in 2001 and received a
doctorate in astronomy from the University of Florida in 2007. His Ph.D.
thesis focused on a study of star cluster populations hosting black holes
in a nearby galaxy. After Florida, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and
then investigator/resident astronomer for seven years at the Institute of
Astronomy in Ensenada, Mexico. His accomplishments include creating a
database and on-line interface for a catalog of over 600 planetary nebulae
as well as studying the shapes and kinematics of planetary nebulae.
Currently, he is working as a data science consultant as he transitions
careers from astronomy to data science.
Meetup available to register

Meeting Schedule:

   - 7:30 pm Networking
   - 8:00 pm Presentation
   - 9:30 pm Event ends

Location:                 LinkedIn

2025 Stierlin Ct., Mountain View, CA (map
Meeting Room:       Unite (Look for signs directing to building.)
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