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Abstract Reference: 31248
Identifier: P6.24
Presentation: Poster presentation
Key Theme: 6 Python in Astronomy

Using Python and Databases to Monitor the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Taylor Joanna, Ely Justin , Fix Mees

The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in May 2009. COS is designed to perform high-sensitivity medium- and low-resolution spectroscopy of astronomical objects in the far-ultraviolet and near-ultraviolet wavelength regimes. We present an overview of a new comprehensive data repository, COSMO (COS Monitoring) that is capable of automatic data retrieval and reduction as well as monitoring of the instrument. COSMO is written entirely in python and relies on a system of databases that allow for dynamic querying across a wide array of data parameters. Calibration programs that monitor the instrument’s stability and behavior have been integrated with COSMO to provide timely and accurate analysis of the COS detectors.