ANN: Astropy v1.1 released

Thomas Robitaille thomas.robitaille at
Mon Dec 14 10:32:29 EST 2015

Dear colleagues,

We are very happy to announce the v1.1 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

New and improved major functionality in this release includes:

* New functions to automatically determine histogram bins, including
  the Bayesian blocks algorithm
* A new interface to transform between Table objects and pandas
  DataFrame objects
* Support for table indexing
* Support for supergalactic and ecliptic coordinates
* A new .info attribute to get summary information about tables and
* A new show_in_notebook() method to show a table in Jupyter/IPython
  notebooks with additional interactivity features
* Support for new units, including logarithmic units such as
  magnitudes, dex, and decibels
* Support for the Planck 2015 cosmology and significant performance
  improvements in the cosmology sub-package

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 v1.1 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

Over 160 developers have contributed code to Astropy so far, and you
can find out more about the team behind Astropy here:

As a reminder, Astropy v1.0 (our long term support release) will
continue to be supported with bug fixes until Feb 19th 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 rather than upgrading to

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!

Thomas Robitaille, Erik Tollerud, and Perry Greenfield
on behalf of The Astropy Collaboration

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