Lunch Session LS8  24 June 2019

Python in Astronomy

Aims and scope

The growth in the use of the Python language in many disciplines has been well documented; astronomy is no exception. Why is Python so popular? What resources are available to learn it and support its use? What are astronomers doing with this language? This lunch session answers these questions, offers opportunities to ask researchers about their use of the language, and encourages discussion and idea sharing among participants.


  • An Introduction to Python for Astronomy, John Wenskovitch Virginia Tech (US)
  • AMUSE - A practical Python interface to astrophysical simulation codes, Steven Rieder University of Exeter (UK)
  • Global dipole moment study using optimized surface flux transport model,
  • Mohammed Talafha Etvs Univerity (HU)
  • Pyxel - A novel and multi-purpose Python framework for imaging detector simulation, David Lucsanyi European Space Agency/ESTEC (NL)
  • Attendee discussion

Invited speakers

Scientific organisers

  • John Wenskovitch Virginia Tech (US)
  • Mohammad Akhlaghi Instituto de Astrofsica de Canarias (ES)
  • David Valls-Gabaud Observatoire de Paris (FR)
  • Amruta Jaodand ASTRON (NL)
  • Rachael Ainsworth University of Manchester (UK)
  • Rein Warmels European Southern Observatory (DE)
  • Alice Allen Astrophysics Source Code Library/University of Maryland (US)


John Wenskovitch, johnwenskovitch  @ / Mohammad Akhlaghi, mohammad  @

Updated on Tue May 07 11:31:02 CEST 2019