The following software is supported by the HEASARC. Most of this software
is designed for professional researchers and advanced students for the
analysis of scientific astronomical observations in
FITS format. The 'fv' program is also
suitable for more general use by
amateurs and educators for viewing astronomical image files. These
software packages are to be downloaded to the users machine. Web-based
tools are available on our tools
HEASARC Software Packages
FITSIO - A subroutine library for reading and writing
files for C and Fortran programmers.
FTOOLS - General
FITS file utility programs and mission-specific data analysis
FV - Interactive editor and viewer for astronomical
data files in FITS format.
Also provides access to Hera.
HEAsoft - A unified release of the FTOOLS and XANADU
Hera - Run the FTOOLS and XANADU software on the
Hera servers at the HEASARC, without having to install the
software packages locally.
Maki - Displays fields of view for various instruments on
FITS images. Currently supports the Suzaku XIS & HXD, Chandra
ACIS & HRC, XMM EPIC, and RXTE PCA detectors.
PIMMS - Program to estimate count rates from fluxes or
vice versa, or to estimate count rates in one instrument from those
measured in another.
Profit - GUI tool for visualizing and modeling
SAOImage DS9 - Astronomical Imaging and Data Visualization
Application: DS9 supports FITS images and binary tables, multiple
frame buffers, region manipulation, and many scale algorithms and
SkyView-In-A-Jar - Running SkyView
on your own computer.
XANADU - Suite of spectral (xspec), timing (xronos),
and image (ximage)
XSELECT - Multipurpose tool for filtering event files
and generating images, spectra, and light curves. Distributed as
part of the HEASARC package on the
XSTAR - Program for calculating physical conditions and
emission spectra in photoionized gases.
ASTRO-Update - Latest
Versions of Useful Multi-mission Software
FITS - Data Formats, Standards
and HEASARC Conventions for High-Energy Astrophysics Data
LAMBDA Toolbox -
Useful Software and Web Tools for Cosmic Microwave Backround and
Swift CALDB Data updated (26 Nov 2013)
The Swift Caldb has been updated for the SC (update version 20131106)...
HEASoft 6.15 released (25 Nov 2013)
Released November 25, 2013; updates to
NuSTAR mission software (nustardas v. 1.3.0), other changes. Note that nustardas v 1.3.0 requires version 20131007 of the NuSTAR CALDB.
NuSTAR CALDB Updated (25 Nov 2013)
The NuSTAR CALibration DataBase was updated on November 25, 2013 to CALDB version 20131007. Because of the large size of some calibration files, for NuSTAR data processing and analysis we recommend downloading the NuSTAR CALDB and installing it locally, rather than accessing the NuSTAR CALDB at the HEASARC remotely.
XSPEC 12.8.1f-h Patches Released (22 Nov 2013)
Updated November 21, 2013. Fixes and enhancements to PyXSPEC and APEC ...
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