# Astronify

## February 12, 2021

Astronify testing

Back in 2020 I attended a Space Telescope Science Institute lecture on Astronify and wrote a review on this.

I an going to attempt to test the software out, so the first task is to install python-pip

May as well install this for both python and python3

apt install python-pip python-pip-whl python3-pip python3-pipdeptree

pip install astronify
Collecting astronify
Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement astronify (from versions: )
No matching distribution found for astronify



Astronify is on pypy so it makes sense to perhaps do a apt search on this:-

I found the following package

pypi2deb

apt install pypi2deb has quite a few extra requirements so may take a while

man page for pip also points to

pip search

so tried to do a search for astronify but the package seems to crash,

pip search astronify
Exception:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/_internal/cli/base_command.py", line 143, in main
status = self.run(options, args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/_internal/commands/search.py", line 48, in run
pypi_hits = self.search(query, options)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/_internal/commands/search.py", line 65, in search
hits = pypi.search({'name': query, 'summary': query}, 'or')
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 1243, in __call__
return self.__send(self.__name, args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 1602, in __request
verbose=self.__verbose
return self.parse_response(response.raw)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 1493, in parse_response
return u.close()
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/xmlrpclib.py", line 800, in close
raise Fault(**self._stack[0])
Fault: <Fault -32500: "RuntimeError: PyPI's XMLRPC API has been temporarily disabled due to unmanageable load and will be deprecated in the near future. See https://status.python.org/ for more information.">



So at first glance this may not seem useful, the error is more useful to anyone who understands it. Next step would be to ask on some forums for help.

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## February 9, 2021

Back in 2020 I attended a Space Telescope Science Institute lecture on Astronify and wrote a review on this.

I found this as a result of another post on Mastodon earlier today from Khurram Wadee. This is the sonification of the Pillars of creation, within the Eagle Nebula. This nicely illustrates how the research of the Astronify team works.

I have included some related links below, including a link to the Qoto Mastodon instance, and the related Discourse forum where you can discuss a range of STEM topics.

Lots of research going on, which is really exciting. If you want to learn more, the Open University offer courses within the Space Sciences.

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## November 11, 2020

Astronify Review

Just watched the latest Space Telescope Science Institute lecture, mentioned in a blog post from 10/11/2020

The full lecture title was

Hearing The Light: How Sonification Deepens our Understanding of the Cosmos and Makes Astronomy More Accessible

This talk was really interesting, it covered how data from astronomy can be presented in an audible way, rather than as a graph on a screen or paper for example.

Why would this be important ?

Well, for most people, visual data can be seen by the eyes, if you are blind or partially sited, this this data is in accessible to you.

One of the examples given is the light curve from a star transit, this may look as follows

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So this, would illustrate, how the light from a star, drops when a planet passes in front of the host star.

If we were to express this audibly then the curve would start off as one tone then drop to a lower tone and go back up to the original higher tone.

This makes astronomy more accessible. It is also another way to represent data from Kepler and TESS telescopes.

The lecture explains this far better, but from the Q/A session we learn that this can be found in every day life.

The lecture emphasises that sonification is not about recording existing sound we could hear. So a microphone under water to record sound from sea life is NOT Sonification, however I think they suggested that turning non audible sound to audible sound IS an example, Other given examples, included star flares, which again can be represented. Once you know what to listen for, it helps us confirm the data further.

The team has a website at https://astronify.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ but I would recommend watching the video first.