Seasons Of Code

Astronomical Data-modelling and Interpretation    • Jai Israni   

WnCC - Seasons of Code

Seasons of Code is a programme launched by WnCC along the lines of the Google Summer of Code. It provides one with an opprtunity to learn and participate in a variety of interesting projects under the mentorship of the very best in our institute.


List of Running Projects

Astronomical Data-modelling and Interpretation

Astronomical Data-modelling and Interpretation


If you wish to get a flavour(yes more or less a flavour) of such techniques, find exoplanets that may support life, estimate galaxy redshifts, classify galaxies based on their visible shapes, do some image processing, then this project is meant for you.

No. of mentees: 14

Gone are the days when astronomers kept details of the heavens in their palm-sized journals. The Very Large Array Radio Telescope of New Mexico produces observational data at the rate of 1Tb/s or 36000Tb per night. To tackle these numbers, we develop intricate algorithms. If you wish to get a flavour(yes more or less a flavour) of such techniques, find exoplanets that may support life, estimate galaxy redshifts, classify galaxies based on their visible shapes, do some image processing, then this project is meant for you. We follow methods that are way beyond conventional numerical techniques (that don’t work efficiently with modern data). The project involves learning for both astrophysics enthusiasts as well as lots of coding for programmers, and needless to mention it’s a mix of both for absolute beginners!

Tentative Project Timeline

Week Number Tasks to be Completed
Week 1 Brushing up with Python
Week 2 Pulsar detection, Cross-matching astronomical catalogues
Week 3 Predicting and Classifying exoplanets, learning SQL
Week 4 Galaxy classification and estimating galaxy redshifts using regression
Week 5 Test of overall understanding