python in astronomy

When I was junior high school age, I read a book written by Stephen Hawking.
The book was very difficult for me so I could not understand well, but it was exciting.
Now I often read journals about organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry.
However Today I read another review letters about astronomy because some days ago I watched news about gravitational waves.

The title of the letters are “Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger”.
http://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
This is the first report that finding gravitational waves.
In the abstract, the author described
…… This is the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger.

The gravitational waves were detected the large detector named LIGO(The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory ).
The results was very exciting and the analysis of the event (Named GW150914) can reproduce anyone using python.

The procedure was uploaded github.
Url is following.
https://losc.ligo.org/s/events/GW150914/GW150914_tutorial.html
The tutorial is using ipython notebook. 😉

I think open data is important for science.
And I was encouraged again because I can see python anywhere.

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