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Software Packages

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Name Responsible Entity Version Last Update
ATOMDB: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling CXC 3.0.4 10/07/2016
XSPEC: X-ray spectral Analysis software HEASARC 12.9.0s 08/19/2016
PIMMS: Portable, Interactive Multi-Mission Simulator HEASARC 4.8c 08/17/2016
Skyview: The Internet's Virtual Telescope HEASARC 3.2.0 08/19/2016
Xamin: Next Generation archive interface for high energy astrophysics HEASARC 3.5.1306 08/08/2016
PyRAF : Run IRAF tasks in Python STScI 2.1.11 07/26/2016
IDLAUL:IDL Astronomical Users Library ASD/GSFC 25 July 2016 07/25/2016
APT: Astronomers Proposal Tool STScI 24.2 06/27/2016
ASTROPY: A single core package for Astronomy in Python The Astropy Team 1.2.1 06/22/2016
ACIS_EXTRACT: IDL-based ACIS analysis package PSU 2016May25 05/25/2016
HEASoft: Multi-Mission High Energy Analysis software HEASARC 6.19 05/11/2016
CFITSIO: FITS file access subroutine library HEASARC 3.39 04/01/2016
SPEX: SPEctral X-ray and UV modeling, analysis and fitting Kaastra, Mewe and Nieuwenhuijzen (1996) 3.01.00 04/01/2016
Aladin: An interactive software sky atlas CDS; ULP/CNRS 9.013 03/11/2016
CHIANTI IDL package: atomic database for X-ray plasma spectral modeling GMU, U. Michigan and Cambridge 8.0 09/12/2015
SPOT/LEOPARD: plan Spitzer observations, access Spitzer archive SSC 19.0 08/05/2015
SAE: Science Analysis Environment for Fermi FSSC v10r0p5 06/24/2015
CASA: Common Astronomy Software Applications package NRAO 4.4.0 06/12/2015
MARX: Chandra simulation software suite CXC/MIT 5.1 04/28/2015
Ureka: useful astronomy software centered around Python and IRAF STScI 1.5.1 03/23/2015
CPL: The Common Pipeline Library ESO 6.6 03/06/2015
SPLASH: visualisation tool for output from (astrophysical) simulations D. Price/Monash 2.5.1 01/29/2015
GASGANO: A Data File Organiser from ESO ESO 2.4.8 01/08/2015
CIAO: Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations CXC 4.7 12/16/2014
XSA: XMM-Newton Science Archive XMM-SOC 8.3 12/04/2014
SAS: XMM-Newton Science Analysis Software XMM-SOC 14.0.0 11/12/2014
VISIT: Parallel Visualization and Graphical Analysis Tool LLNL 2.9 10/01/2014
WCSLIB: World Coordinate System software library Calabretta 4.24 09/19/2014
TARA: Tools for ACIS Review & Analysis PSU 2014Sep10 09/10/2014
OSA: INTEGRAL Off-Line Scientific Analysis Software ISDC 10.1 09/04/2014
Web Hera: On-line Analysis of HEASARC datasets HEASARC 3.0 08/25/2014
SAOImage ds9: FITS image viewer and analyzer SAO/HEASARC 7.3.2 08/10/2014
STARLINK Software Collection JAC 2014A 07/23/2014
ISIS: Interactive Spectral Interpretation System CXC 1.6.2-30 07/22/2014
SIMX: Potential Photons from Possible Satellites CfA 2.1.0 06/20/2014
STScI Python: includes PyRAF, PyFITS, Numdisplay, MultiDrizzle for HST STScI 2.15.1 04/01/2014
CAMB: Code for Anisotropies in the Microwave Background Lewis & Challinor 4.5.1 04/01/2014
WINDOW TO THE STARS: Graphical interface to the popular TWIN single/binary stellar evolution code Izzard/Bonn 0.39 05/02/2014
STSDAS: Space Telescope Science Data Analysis System STScI 3.17 03/01/2014
Sherpa: Modeling and Fitting for CIAO CXC v2 02/01/2014
MIDAS: Munich Image Data Analysis System ESO 13Sepl1.2 01/17/2014
AIPS: Astronomical Image Processing System NRAO 31DEC13 12/31/2013
P2PP: ESO Phase II Proposal Preparation ESO 3.4.0 12/19/2013
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
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 05/24/2013
MOPEX: MOsaicker and Point source EXtractor (Spitzer) SSC 18.5.6 10/10/2012
Aladin: An interactive software sky atlas CDS; ULP/CNRS 7.5 07/01/2012
IRAF: Image Reduction and Analysis Facility NOAO 2.16 03/22/2012
SCISOFT: An Astronomical Software Collection from ESO ESO 7.7 03/01/2012
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
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
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
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
CALDB: Calibration Data HEASARC Varies by mission 11/21/2016 11/18/2016 Swift clock correction file
Chandra CALDB CXC 4.7.2 07/19/2016 05/31/2016 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 Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010 14:32:21 EST