Package for downloading, analyzing, and constructing open astronomy catalogs.
# Astrocats: Open Astronomy Catalogs #
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The Astrocats package enables astronomers to construct their own curated catalogs of astronomical data with the intention of producing shareable catalogs of that data in human-readable formats. Astrocats is used by several existing open astronomy catalogs, including:
- [The Open Supernova Catalog](https://sne.space) [[GitHub repo](https://github.com/astrocatalogs/supernovae)]
- [The Open TDE Catalog](https://tde.space) [[GitHub repo](https://github.com/astrocatalogs/tidaldisruptions)]
- [The Open Nova Catalog](https://opennova.space) [[GitHub repo](https://github.com/astrocatalogs/novae)]
- [The Open Black Hole Catalog](https://holes.space) [[GitHub repo](https://github.com/astrocatalogs/blackholes)]
The process for creating one’s own open astronomy catalog involves checking out this package and designing a “module” for it that is specific to that catalog’s needs, a [Wiki is available](https://github.com/astrocatalogs/astrocats/wiki) with instructions for doing so. At the moment the most developed module is the Open Supernova Catalog module; to set up astrocats with the supernovae module, one needs to check out two repositories:
`shell git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:astrocatalogs/astrocats.git cd astrocats git clone email@example.com:astrocatalogs/supernovae.git `
Astrocats will soon be listed on PyPi, at which point the install instructions will involve pip and a setup script, for now the install must be performed manually.