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Python API for Astro Pi (Sense HAT) for the Raspberry Pi

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Python module to control the Astro Pi / Sense HAT for the Raspberry Pi used in the Astro Pi mission - an education outreach programme for UK schools sending code experiments to the International Space Station.


With your Pi connected to the Internet, run the following command (from the command prompt or a Terminal window) to download and start the Astro Pi install script:

wget -O - --no-check-certificate | bash

This will take about 5 minutes on a Pi 2 and about 15 to 20 minutes on a Pi 1. When it’s finished you’ll see the following message:

You must reboot to complete the Astro Pi installation
sudo reboot
and press Enter when ready

Reboot the Pi to complete the install:

sudo reboot

The rainbow pattern on the LED matrix should now turn off during boot up.


Import the Astro Pi module and instantiate an object:

from astro_pi import AstroPi

ap = AstroPi()


Comprehensive documentation is available at


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