astroquery: An Astronomical Web-querying Package in Python
Journal article, 2019

Astroquery is a collection of tools for requesting data from databases hosted on remote servers with interfaces exposed on the Internet, including those with web pages but without formal application program interfaces. These tools are built on the Python requests package, which is used to make HTTP requests, and astropy, which provides most of the data parsing functionality. astroquery modules generally attempt to replicate the web page interface provided by a given service as closely as possible, making the transition from browser-based to command-line interaction easy. astroquery has received significant contributions from throughout the astronomical community, including several from telescope archives. astroquery enables the creation of fully reproducible workflows from data acquisition through publication. This paper describes the philosophy, basic structure, and development model of the astroquery package. The complete documentation for astroquery can be found at http://astroquery.readthedocs.io/.

virtual observatory tools

astronomical databases: miscellaneous

Author

Adam Ginsburg

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Socorro

Brigitta M. Sipocz

University of Cambridge

C. E. Brasseur

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Philip S. Cowperthwaite

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Matthew W. Craig

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Christoph Deil

Max Planck Society

James Guillochon

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Giannina Guzman

Villanova University

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Pey Lian Lim

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Kelly E. Lockhart

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Michael Mommert

Lowell Observ, 1400 W Mars Hill Rd

Brett M. Morris

University of Washington

Henrik Norman

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)

Winter Way

Magnus V. Persson

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics, Galactic Astrophysics

Thomas P. Robitaille

Aperio Software Ltd

Juan-Carlos Segovia

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)

Leo P. Singer

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

University of Maryland

Erik J. Tollerud

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Miguel de Val-Borro

Catholic University of America

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Ivan Valtchanov

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)

Julien Woillez

European Southern Observatory Santiago

Astronomical Journal

0004-6256 (ISSN) 1538-3881 (eISSN)

Vol. 157 3 98

Subject Categories

Media and Communication Technology

Other Computer and Information Science

Information Science

Infrastructure

Onsala Space Observatory

DOI

10.3847/1538-3881/aafc33

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