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A browser-based particle visualization platform

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Firefly is an interactive particle viewer that was designed for FIRE data but then extended to be used for any particle-based data, written in WebGL using the three.js library. A live version is available here. This package should not be confused with the serendipitously named web-based visualization software Firefly, from Caltech-IPAC, a general tool for retrieving and viewing astronomy data.

If you use Firefly, please cite us using the ADS listing that points to our Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) entry.

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Comprehensive documentation is available here.


Primary Developers

  • Aaron Geller
  • Alex Gurvich

Past Contributors

  • Mike Cronin
  • Zach Hafen
  • Alessandro Febretti

Student Contributors

  • Mahlet Shiferaw
  • Luolei Zhao
  • Nora Linzer

Project PI

  • Claude-André Faucher-Giguère


This tool builds off of a previous version developed by Alessandro Febretti.

This project is funded by Northwestern's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Northwestern's IT Research Computing group, and NSF grants AST-1412836, AST-1715216, and CAREER award AST-1652522 awarded to Claude-André Faucher-Giguère.

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