Updates to the website

Posted on 7 April 2017 by Nabil Freij

The website has gone some minor updates to incorporate the lastest version of Bootstrap and its build dependencies among other items. This work came from Prateek Chanda, Duygu KEŞKEK and Sourav Kumar.

SPD 2016

Posted on 31 May 2016 by Steven Christe

You can find all of the material for the introductory sessions of scientific python and sunpy can be found here.

SunPy 0.7

Posted on 26 May 2016 by Stuart Mumford

SunPy 0.7 has arrived! This release is a culmination of about 10 months of work from 27 different people. This release brings many changes, the highlights are:

  • Python 3.4 and 3.5 support. This is the first version of SunPy to support Python 3, we recommend that users start to consider moving to Python 3, please report any issues you may have.
  • New coordinate framework. The new sunpy.coordinates module provides a high-level interface to converting between different physical coordinate systems such as Helioprojective and Heliographic.
  • New draw_rectangle and draw_contours helpers for Map.
  • Support for masks in SunPy Map and MapCube.

For this version of SunPy we have started building our conda packages on the excellent conda forge service. This means you need to add the conda-forge channel to your conda installation. If you have never installed SunPy before we recommend you follow our installation instruction. If you are upgrading from a previous release run the following two commands if you installed via conda: conda config –add channels conda-forge conda upgrade sunpy

If you installed via pip then you can upgrade with:

pip install -U sunpy

The following excellent people contributed to SunPy 0.7 (a * indicates their first contribution):

Stuart Mumford
Pritish Chakraborty
Steven Christe
Jack Ireland
Brigitta Sipocz
David Perez-Suarez
Punyaslok Pattnaik *
Michael S Kirk *
Andrew Leonard
Alex Hamilton
Andrew Inglis
Daniel Ryan
Sally Dacie *
Sanskar Modi *
Albert Y. Shih
Erik M. Bray
Larry Manley
Priyank Lodha *
Nabil Freij
Ankit *
Igor Babuschkin *
Ole Streicher *
Simon Liedtke
Sudarshan Konge *
Tessa D. Wilkinson *
Thomas Robitaille
yasintoda *

Happy Pythoning!

First impressions from SunPy at Python in Astronomy 2016

Posted on 21 March 2016 by Steven Christe

Steven Christe (@ehsteve) and Stuart Mumford (@Cadair) got to attend the (great) Python in Astronomy conference which took place in Seattle Washington from 21-25th of March 2016.

An introduction to SunPy was presented by Steven and you can find the presentation (and citation) at Zenodo.

Great discussions took place on future plans for NDData, a new Time Series object (https://github.com/astropy/astropy-APEs/pull/12) in Astropy, among many others.

SunPy Update - March 2016

Posted on 7 March 2016 by Stuart Mumford

Hello all,

Once again I am a week late, but here is a quick recap.

February News

Unified Downloader aka Fido

We had a very successful sprint on the Unified downloader a couple of weeks ago, and progress is being made towards having it ready to be merged. The two main things that need to be completed now are adding extra tests of the clients through the Fido interface and improving the documentation.

We are maintaining a list of issues outstanding on the unidown branch here as always feel free to ask for advice if you would like to tackle any of them. Fido is a key feature of SunPy 0.7 and will permit the development of the LightCurve object.

Google Summer of Code

OpenAstronomy got accepted as a GSOC 2016 mentoring Organisation. This is a significant new development as it indidcates outside recognition of the maturity and quality of the efforts comprising Open Astronomy (SunPy’s previous GSOC students came via the Python Foundation as the mentoring Organisation). This is the first time in 4 years thathe GSOC Org application SunPy has put in (individually or as a team) has been accepted! What this means for SunPy is that we will get some money per student from Google.

For more information on GSOC see the OpenAstronomy website, and it’s not too late to submit project ideas.

Coming up in March

Python in Astronomy 2016

The Python in Astronomy conference is running between the 21st and the 25th of March at the e-Science Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. There will a strong SunPy contingent attending, keep your eyes open on social media and on the internet for talks and materials from the conference. There will be no meeting on the 21st March due to this conference.

Weekly Developer Discussions

The weekly meetings will be continuing this month, they are at 1700UTC each week. We are using Google Hangouts and you can be notified of them by following our Google+ page (normally the join link is posted in IRC once the meeting has started). These meetings are also recorded and uploaded to YouTube, so you can catch up even if you can not attend in person.

Links to coming meetings can are below:

Reviewing Pull Requests

As always, reviews on pull requests are always welcome, you don’t have to have merge permissions or anything other than a GitHub account to review PRs. You can find a list of all the PRs that need reviewing here.

Getting in touch

Finally, I wanted to remind everyone about our public communication methods. We have two mailing lists, SunPy and sunpy-dev, the main SunPy list is used for general questions and announcements, and the sunpy-dev list is used for developer discussion and organisational emails. We also have the IRC channel (#SunPy on Freenode), which normally has someone hanging out in it, and is an excellent place to get some real-time help, or to just come for a chat. We also have our Google+ page and a Twitter account.

Happy Pythoning, Stuart