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FITS to HDF5 conversion utility

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fits2hdf is a conversion to utility to port FITS files to Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5) files in the HDFITS format. In addition, there is a utility to port MeasurementSets (MS) to HDF5 files. A more complete overview is given in the fits2hdf Astronomy & Computing paper.


For documentation and a getting started guide for fits2hdf, please head over to our readthedocs page:

Licensing and referencing

This software is licensed under the MIT license. If you use this in published research, it sure would be swell if you could cite the fits2hdf Astronomy & Computing paper:

D.C. Price, B.R. Barsdell, L.J. Greenhill, HDFITS: Porting the FITS data model to HDF5,
Astronomy and Computing, Available online 22 May 2015, ISSN 2213-1337,

fits2hdf makes use of a few excellent packages:

  • Astropy, a community-developed core Python package for Astronomy].
  • h5py, a Pythonic interface to the HDF5 binary data format.

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