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Software Packages

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Name Author Version Last Update
APT: Astronomers Proposal Tool STScI 25.4.0 11/20/17
VLT Pipelines: Data reduction for commonly used VLT/VLTI modes ESO 1.0.11 11/16/17
SkyView: The Internet's Virtual Telescope HEASARC 3.3.2 11/15/17
IDL AUL: IDL Astronomical Users Library ASD/GSFC 14-Nov-2017 11/14/17
P2PP: ESO Phase II Proposal Preparation ESO 3.4.3 11/10/17
XSPEC: X-ray spectral Analysis software HEASARC 12.9.1q 11/08/17
XSA: XMM-Newton Science Archive XMM-SOC 9.7 10/25/17
VISIT: Parallel Visualization and Graphical Analysis Tool LLNL 2.13 10/23/17
CIAO: Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations CXC 4.9 10/23/17
CASA: Common Astronomy Software Applications package NRAO 5.1.1 10/20/17
HEASoft: Multi-Mission High Energy Analysis software HEASARC 6.22.1 10/11/17
Astropy: Python astronomy package Astropy community 2.0.2 10/04/17
Window to the Stars: Graphical interface to TWIN single/binary stellar evolution code Izzard and Glebbeek 0.39 09/23/17
MIDAS: Munich Image Data Analysis System ESO 17FEBpl1.2 09/20/17
WCS Lib: World Coordinate System software library Mark Calabretta 5.17 09/18/17
ATOMDB: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling CXC 3.0.9 09/04/17
CFITSIO: FITS file access subroutine library HEASARC 3.42 08/23/17
PIMMS: Portable, Interactive Multi-Mission Simulator HEASARC 4.8e 08/18/17
GASGANO: A Data File Organiser from ESO ESO 2.4 08/17/17
Starlink: starlinksoftware collection JAC 2017A 08/10/17
XAMIN: Next Generation archive interface for high energy astrophysics HEASARC 4.2.1378/3554 08/08/17
SAS: XMM-Newton Science Analysis Software XMM-SOC 16.1.0 07/31/17
SIMX: Potential Photons from Possible Satellites CfA 2.4.4 07/28/17
AIPS: Astronomical Image Processing System NRAO 31-DEC-2017 06/24/17
Gnu Scientific Library: a numerical C/C++ mathematical library FSF 2.4 06/19/17
GALPROP: Galactic Cosmic Ray Propagation Stanford May 26, 2017 05/26/17
AMUSE: Astrophysical Multipurpose Software Environment for simulations Leiden 11.0 05/10/17
SPLASH: visualisation tool for output from (astrophysical) simulations D. Price/Monash 2.7.0 05/03/17
SOXS: Simulated Observations of X-ray Sources CfA 2.0.0 04/09/17
TEMPO2: pulsar timing software ATNF 2017.03.1 03/28/17
IRIS: Spectral energy distribution (SED) analysis tool IPAC 3.0 03/06/17
PYRAF: Run IRAF tasks in Python STScI 2.1.14 01/23/17
Aladin: Desktop Observatory to visualize and manipulate astronomical images CDS v10 01/17/17
MARX: Chandra simulation software suite CXC/MIT 5.3.2 12/23/16
Cloudy: Photoionization for the Discriminating Astrophysicist Ferland et al. C17.00 12/22/16
Montage: Make mosaics from FITS images IPAC 5.0 12/21/16
Sherpa: Modeling and Fitting for CIAO CXC 4.9 12/16/16
SAOImage/DS9: Astronomical image display and analysis software SAO/HEASARC 7.5 12/15/16
TARA: Tools for ACIS Review & Analysis PSU 2017oct21 09/26/16
ACIS Extract: IDL software for analysis of Chandra/ACIS data Broos et al. 2016sep22 09/22/16
ISIS: Interactive Spectral Interpretation System CXC 1.6.2-40 09/12/16
SciSoft: An Astronomical Software Collection from ESO ESO 8 06/28/16
CPL: The Common Pipeline Library ESO 7.0 02/26/16
SPEX: SPEctral X-ray and UV modeling, analysis and fitting Kaastra et al. (1996) 3.03.00 01/23/16
CCFITS: object oriented interface to cfitsio HEASARC 2.5 01/19/16
Chianti: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling GMU, U. Michigan and Cambridge 8.0 09/23/15
FV: Fits File Viewer HEASARC 5.4 09/15/15
SAE: Science Analysis Environment for Fermi FSSC v10r0p5 06/24/15
Specview: 1-D spectral visualization and analysis of astronomical spectrograms STSCI 2.17.6 06/02/14
STSCI Python: includes PyRAF, PyFITS, Numdisplay, MultiDrizzle for HST STScI 2.15.1 04/23/14
CAMB: Code for Anisotropies in the Microwave Background Lewis & Challinor April 2014 04/23/14
STSDAS: Space Telescope Science Data Analysis System STScI 3.17 03/23/14
Starview: Setup a telescope and control from a web browser NWACC 0.1alpha 03/07/13
MOPEX: MOsaicker and Point source EXtractor (Spitzer) SSC 18.5.6 10/10/12
TLUSTY: stellar atmospheres and accretion disks spectrum modeling Hubeny+Lanz 202 07/02/12
IRAF: Image Reduction and Analysis Facility NOAO 2.16 03/22/12
XIMAGE: Image Analysis Software HEASARC 4.5.1 03/23/10
GRACE: A 2D plotting tool Weizmann 5.1.22 05/20/08
Browse: Old-school access to the HEASARC catalogs and data HEASARC v8.4 10/09/07
PROFIT: Visualize and Model Spectra Smith/HEASARC 2.0.0 08/07/07
WVT Binning: Adaptive 2-D binning for sparse images using Weighted Voronoi Tesselations Diehl and Statler 2.0 12/05/05
Synspec: stellar atmospheres models for stellar spectroscopic diagnostics Hubeny+Lanz 43 10/05/05
Eclipse: ESO C Library for an Image Processing Software Environment ESO 5.0-0 09/23/05
XSTAR: physical conditions and emission spectra of photoionized gases Tim Kallman/HEASARC xstar22 09/09/04
XRONOS: Timing Analysis Software HEASARC 5.21 05/07/04
EXSAS: Extended X-ray Scientific Analysis System for ROSAT MPE 01APR_EXP 12/10/03
SEXtractor: Astronomical Source Extractor Galassi and Starr 2.3.1 04/09/02
PROS: Post-Reduction Off-line Software for X-ray data analysis CfA 2.5_p1 08/25/98
browse_extract_wget: command-line query of HEASARC databases, uses wget HEASARC 1.0 10/10/96
browse_extract: command-line query of HEASARC databases HEASARC 1.0 10/10/96


Associated Data

Name Responsible Entity Version Posted Latest Update Comments
CALDB: Calibration Data HEASARC Varies by mission 11/15/2017 11/13/2017 Swift XRT
Chandra CALDB CXC 4.7.3 12/22/2016 12/15/2016 for use with CIAO 4.3 and higher
CHIANTI: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling GMU, U. Michigan and Cambridge 8.0 09/16/2015 09/12/2015 includes several new entries and revises the atomic data for many ions
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

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Last modified Thursday, 23-Nov-2017 14:58:07 EST