Tips and Tricks

GitHub GISTs are a perfect way to display code snippets on Medium. But how can one create, update and delete GISTs in a feasible way and integrate such a process in a CI/CD pipeline?

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Using GISTs

# Import standard module
import time
# Print the current Unix Time
print(time.time())


Years ago I started to study astro- and geophysics. Bachelor thesis. Master thesis and finally the doctorate studies. Years of learning, research and, of course, self-organisation and writing. What were useful habits to focus and motivate myself to pursue my academic goals?

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Space Science in a Nutshell

The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico was in service from 1963 to this year, when miscellaneous parts of the telescope collapsed. During its service time the Arecibo Telescope made countless hours of observations. One long-term observation project revealed macroscopic effects by microscopic causes on asteroids. Image Credit: courtesy of the NAIC — Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF

Preface


Space Science in a Nutshell

Our cosmic vicinity is populated with thousands of minor bodies: asteroids, comets, meteoroids. Some of them approach our home planet quite closely: Near-Earth Objects, short: NEOs

This coloured photo was taken 21 years after the Tunguska Event. The logs point away from a theoretical shock wave direction (right to left). Image from Wikipedia; Credit: Vokrug Sveta
  • A gas explosion. A large amount of methane or other gases ignited and caused this event.
  • Another geophysical explanation: A volcanic-like eruption was mistaken for an explosion and devastated everything around the eruption centre
  • An asteroid or comet entered…

Space Science with Python

Part 24 of the tutorial series provides an overview of the current science project’s state. We create an Open Source Python library for our project that shall be sustainable and extensible for future science work.

One of the two telescopes at the C2PU (https://www.oca.eu/fr/c2pu-accueil). C2PU is a telescope site near Nice, France and is associated with the Université Côte d’Azur. Each telescope has a diameter of 1 m and has several CCD cameras, filters, etc. A 1 m telescope can be absolutely sufficient for NEO surveys and observations. Image by Author (T. Albin).

Preface

Project Recall and Purpose

  • Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) approach the Sun at least in a distance of 1.3 Astronomical Units (AU). This border has been set artificially.
  • Consequently, a certain sub-population of NEOs…


Space Science with Python

Part 23 of the tutorial series continues with the third part of our science project. Today we will go in detail, step-by-step, through a Test Driven Development example.

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Preface

TDD and now?


Space Science with Python

In our first 20 Space Science with Python tutorial sessions we learned some astro-dynamical basics and the usage of Python for scientific tasks and objectives. Now we are well prepared for our first science project!

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Space Science with Python

Part 22 of the tutorial series continues with the second part of our science project. Before we dive deeper into Python and Near-Earth Objects, let’s take a look at Test Driven Development

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Preface

Introduction


Space Science with Python

Part 21 of the tutorial series starts with a first science project: The detectability of so called Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).

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Preface

Motivation


Space Science in a Nutshell

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HORIZONS

Thomas Albin

Data Scientist and Engineer. Astrophysicist and Solar System researcher — Now working in the automotive industry

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