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Radio Astronomy tutorials

Various IPython notebook based lecture notes and tutorials developed at SKA SA.

Static versions of the notebooks can be accessed using nbviewer, for the full SKA SA tutorial repository here.

(0) Introduction to the notebook
Short introduction to using the ipython notebook.

(1) Introduction to Radio Astronomy (~3 hour tutorial)
Introduction to Radio Astronomy using data from the KAT-7 radio telescope.

(2) Radio Astronomy honours/graduate course (semester long)
This lecture material and these tutorials were used in the NASSP honours course in Radio Astronomy. The course broadly follows the NRAO Essential Radio Astronomy course.

(3) Interferometry workshop
Notebook material from a week long Radio Interferometry workshop, first developed for the 2015 NWU Radio Interferometry Winter School.

(4) HartRAO Spectral Line
Python tutorials on reducing methanol maser monitoring data from HartRAO. A two week course given at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) as part of the Royal Society radio astronomy capacity building program in Ghana.

(5) Machine Learning
Introduction to some basic machine learning notebooks.

##Building your own docker container with the tutorials##
This requires you to have a docker engine system running on your localhost

Once you have cloned this repository locally with:

git clone

build the image with:

docker build -t tuts .

run the container with:

docker run -d -p 8888:8888 tuts

you should now be able to access the notebooks from http://localhost:8888

##Running the Notebooks on SageMathCloud##
May be depricated due to the price structure at SageMathCloud

If you want to run the notebooks without having ipython on your computer, we suggest you try SageMathCloud:

  • Create an account on SageMathCloud
  • Start a new project
  • Inside your new project, click on "New"
  • In the "Name your file or paste in a web link" field, paste the link to this github repo:
  • Hit enter and wait a minute or so for the tutorials to download
  • Click on "Files"
  • You should now have the tutorials directory in your project!
  • Navigate through the directory and open the notebook you want to work on by clicking on it
  • Now run the notebook as normal!
  • Notebooks are opened in their own tabs, so you can always go back to "File" and open a new notebook in another tab
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