Some useful astronomical links
IRAF (STSDAS and PROS)
widely used astronomical reduction and analysis package is IRAF. It is
available at NOAO (http://www.noao.edu/iraf/). Other packages, like STSDAS or
PROS, with tasks tailored for specific reductions and analysis run under the
IRAF kernel. Ports or IRAF exist, among others, for UNIX and Linux.
Software Directory Service (http://asds.stsci.edu/asds/) is a collection of
software-related documents and the means for performing full-text searches on
This collection is made of the
- high level package descriptions
- on-line documentation
Users can browse the contents
or list their software in the ASDS.
Another listing of software
packages and utilities is provided by SEDS.
Selected packages are available on-line at the Starlink Software
Store (http://star-www.rl.ac.uk). The distribution
method is changing as the primary method will be by CD-ROM instead.
The latest software developments are
usually presented at the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems
(ADASS) conferences. Its proceedings are published by the ASP. Another series
were the ESO ST-ECF Data Analysis conferences whose proceedings were published
The Interactive Data Language (IDL) developed by
RSI (http://www.rsinc.com) is widely used for reduction and analysis. It is a
commercial package with ports to many systems from laptops to workstations.
The Random Factory
(http://home.earthlink.net/~rfactory/lfa.html) publishes a CD-ROM with a
collection of the most popular reduction and analysis astronomical software
that run under the Linux operating system.
The packages include:
- AIPS and MIRIAD for radioastronomy
- IRAF and MIDAS
- GIPSY and Karma for image processing
- PGPLOT/PGPERL for plotting and visualization
- NEMO for stellar dynamics simulations
- SAOImage and SAOtng for image display
- StarBase an astronomy database
Some basic statistics computations
are available in the STSDAS' ttools and statistics packages. More serious
techniques, like multivariate analysis can be found in the Statistical Consulting Center for
(http://www/stat.psu.edu/scca). This site, besides being
the portal to a service for statistical queries includes also links to code