Astro-WISE Environment

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The Astro-WISE Environment (AWE) was created by The Astro-WISE Consortium, a partnership of:

and coordinated by OmegaCEN-NOVA. AWE was conceived as the solution to handle the vast amounts of astronomical data generated by all-sky surveys, particularly those to be observed with OmegaCAM on the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) on Cerro Paranal in Chile.

This is an information system for the scientific analysis of extremely large datasets. It utilizes federated databases and dataservers, and parallel compute clusters to manage these vast amounts of data.


This tutorial will give you an introduction to the Astro-WISE environment in about 3 hours. It starts from the level of a completely new user who has never logged in but has an Astro-WISE account. This tutorial consists of exercises to be done primarily from the awe-prompt or notebook.

First follow the steps in HOW-TO Get started to setup your environment.

The tutorial consists of the following topics (links to iPython notebooks):

  1. The awe-prompt basics
  2. Basic calibration tasks
  3. Astrometry
  4. Photometry
  5. Working with SourceLists
  6. DataMining
  7. Galaxy surface brightness analysis
  8. Astro-WISE and Virtual Observatory interoperability

Topics sometimes depend on the results derived in earlier topics. The tutorial is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. The exercises are very basic and many topics are not discussed at all. To get a more in-depth and comprehensive presentation of the Astro-WISE environment we refer to the HOWTOs and the Manual. To get acquainted with the Astro-WISE services: please take the Guided Tour under “Try Astro-WISE” on the home page.

API documentation