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Software Packages

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Name Responsible Entity Version Last Update
Web Hera: On-line Analysis of HEASARC datasets HEASARC 3.0 08/25/2014
PIMMS: Portable, Interactive Multi-Mission Simulator HEASARC 4.7b 08/20/2014
STARLINK Software Collection JAC 2014A 07/23/2014
IDL Astronomical Users Library ASD/GSFC 21 Jul 2014 07/21/2014
XSPEC: X-ray spectral Analysis software HEASARC 12.8.2a 07/07/2014
HEASoft: Multi-Mission High Energy Analysis software HEASARC 6.16 07/02/2014
APT: Astronomers Proposal Tool STScI 22.2 06/25/2014
CPL: The Common Pipeline Library ESO 6.4.2 06/06/2014
CFITSIO: FITS file access subroutine library HEASARC 3.37 06/03/2014
SAE: Science Analysis Environment for Fermi FSSC v9r33p0 06/03/2014
TARA: Tools for ACIS Review & Analysis PSU 2014May23 05/23/2014
Aladin: An interactive software sky atlas CDS; ULP/CNRS 8 03/25/2014
SPLASH: visualisation tool for output from (astrophysical) simulations D. Price/Monash 2.4.0 02/21/2014
ACIS_EXTRACT: IDL-based ACIS analysis package PSU 2014Feb17 02/17/2014
CIAO: Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations CXC 4.6.1 02/4/2014
MIDAS: Munich Image Data Analysis System ESO 13Sepl1.2 01/17/2014
P2PP: ESO Phase II Proposal Preparation ESO 3.4.0 12/19/2013
SAS: XMM-Newton Science Analysis Software XMM-SOC 13.5.0 12/11/2013
IDL Astronomical Users Library ASD/GSFC 06 Nov 2013 11/06/2013
ISIS: Interactive Spectral Interpretation System CXC 1.6.2-27 08/30/2013
CHIANTI IDL package: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling GMU, U. Michigan and Cambridge 7.1.4 08/14/2013
PINTofALE: Package for Interactive Analysis of Line Emission Drake & Kashyap/CXC 2.954 08/10/2013
GSL: GNU Scientific Library Free Software Foundation 1.16 07/19/2013
Ureka: useful astronomy software centered around Python and IRAF STScI 1.0 beta 5 07/17/2013
STScI Python: includes PyRAF, PyFITS, Numdisplay, MultiDrizzle for HST STScI 2.14 05/31/2013
GAIA AND SKYCAT: Graphic Astronomy and Image Analysis Tool ESO 4.4-4 05/30/2013
VLT Instrument Pipelines: Data reduction for the most commonly used VLT/VLTI instrument modes ESO 24 May 2013 05/24/20103
STSDAS: Space Telescope Science Data Analysis System STScI 3.16 Patch 1 05/23/2013
SAOImage ds9: FITS image viewer and analyzer SAO/HEASARC 7.2 04/16/2013
ASTROPY: A single core package for Astronomy in Python The Astropy Team 0.2.4 03/19/2013
CASA: Common Astronomy Software Applications package NRAO 4.0.1 02/14/2013
AIPS: Astronomical Image Processing System NRAO 31DEC12 12/30/2012
WCSLIB: World Coordinate System software library Calabretta 0.1 10/04/2012
OSA: INTEGRAL Off-Line Scientific Analysis Software ISDC 10.0 09/25/2012
SPEX: SPEctral X-ray and UV modeling, analysis and fitting Kaastra/SRON 2.03.03 08/01/2012
SPEX: SPEctral X-ray and UV modeling, analysis and fitting (development) Kaastra/SRON 2.04.00 08/01/2012
Aladin: An interactive software sky atlas CDS; ULP/CNRS 7.5 07/01/2012
WINDOW TO THE STARS: Graphical interface to the popular TWIN single/binary stellar evolution code Izzard/Bonn 0.20.4 06/13/2012
GASGANO: A Data File Organiser from ESO ESO 2.4.3 06/11/2012
IRAF: Image Reduction and Analysis Facility NOAO 2.16 03/22/2012
MOPEX: MOsaicker and Point source EXtractor (Spitzer) SSC 18.5.0 03/22/2012
SCISOFT: An Astronomical Software Collection from ESO ESO 7.7 03/01/2012
VISIT: Parallel Visualization and Graphical Analysis Tool LLNL 2.1.1 11/01/2010
GALPROP: Galactic Cosmic Ray Propagation Stanford 54.0.572 10/21/2010
PANDORA: Programs for AstroNomical Data Organization Reduction and Analysis IASF 3.1 10/01/2010 command-line query of HEASARC databases HEASARC 2.1a 09/20/2010
Sherpa: Modeling and Fitting for CIAO CXC 2 07/19/2010
XIMAGE: Image Analysis Software HEASARC 4.5.1 03/29/2010
ASTROGRID VO DESKTOP: Virtual Observatory Software for Astronomers UK VOP 1.3.2 02/10/2010
XSTAR: physical conditions and emission spectra of photoionized gases. Kallman/HEASARC 2.2 11/01/2009
CCfits: object oriented interface to cfitsio HEASARC 2.2 09/09/2009
XRONOS: Timing Analysis Software HEASARC 5.22 08/21/2009
UKIRT-OT: Observing tool from the JACH JAC 31 Jul 2009 07/31/2009
fv: Fits File Viewer HEASARC 5.3 07/16/2009 command-line query of HEASARC databases, uses wget HEASARC 2.2 07/31/2008
GRACE: A 2D plotting tool Weizmann 5.1.22 05/21/2008
CMBEASY: calculate the evolution of density fluctuations in the universe Heidelberg 4.4.1 05/13/2008
SPOT/LEOPARD: plan Spitzer observations, access Spitzer archive SSC 18.0.1 06/18/2008
TEMPO2: plan Spitzer observations, access Spitzer archive ATNF 1.11 01/17/2008
W3Browse: Astrophysics Observation Database and Archive browser HEASARC 8.4 10/09/2007
PROFIT: Visualize and Model Spectra Smith/HEASARC 2.0.0 08/07/2007
TLUSTY: A user-oriented package for modelling stellar atmospheres and accretion disks and for stellar spectroscopic diagnostics Hubeny+Lanz 202 10/19/2006
SYNSPEC: A user-oriented package for modeling stellar atmospheres and for stellar spectroscopic diagnostics Hubeny+Lanz 43 10/05/2005
ECLIPSE: ESO C Library for an Image Processing Software Environment ESO 5.0 09/23/2005
XSPEC 11: Old-School X-ray spectral analysis software HEASARC 11.3.2 04/13/2005
STARVIEW: Setup a telescope and control from a web browser NWACC 0.1 12/17/2004
SEXTRACTOR: Builds catalogue of objects from an astronomical image LANL 2.3.1 04/09/2002
EXSAS: Extended X-ray Scientific Analysis System for ROSAT MPE 01APR_EXP 04/01/2001
PROS: Post-Reduction Off-line Software for X-ray data analysis CfA 2.5_p1 03/01/1998

Associated Data

Name Responsible Entity Version Posted Latest Update Comments
Chandra CALDB CXC 4.6.3 09/02/2014 08/29/2014 for use with CIAO 4.3 and higher
CALDB: Calibration Data HEASARC Varies by mission 08/25/2014 08/14/2014 NuSTAR FPM
CHIANTI: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling GMU, U. Michigan and Cambridge 7.1.4 05/23/2014 05/20/2014 corrections for Fe XXI, OII, others
ATOMDB: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling CXC 2.0.2 02/24/2012 02/23/2012 A bug with the ionization balance data has been fixed
CCF: Current Calibration File for XMM-Newton XMM SOC Varies by instrument 06/17/2010 06/17/2010 XMM-CCF-REL-266 & XMM-CCF-REL-265
Chandra CALDB3 CXC 3.5.5 11/24/2009 09/18/2009 for use with Ciao 3.4 only

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Last modified Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010 14:32:21 EST