Bourque Matthew
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
United States

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Abstract Reference: 31095
Identifier: P6.4
Presentation: Poster presentation
Key Theme: 6 Python in Astronomy

The Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 Quicklook Project

Bourque Matthew, Bajaj Varun, Bowers Ariel, Dulude Michael, Durbin Meredith, Gosmeyer Catherine, Gunning Heather, Khandrika Harish, Martlin Catherine, Sunnquist Ben, Viana Alex

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument has been acquiring ~50-100 images daily since its installation in 2009.  The WFC3 Quicklook project provides a means for WFC3 instrument analysts to store, calibrate, monitor, and interact with these data through the various Quicklook systems: (1) a ~200 TB filesystem, which stores the entire WFC3 archive on disk, (2) a MySQL database, which stores image header data, (3) a Python-based automation platform, which currently executes 28 unique calibration and monitoring scripts, (4) a Python-based code library, which provides system functionality such as logging, downloading tools, database connection objects, and filesystem management, and (5) a Python/Flask-based web interface to the Quicklook system.  The Quicklook project has enabled large-scale WFC3 analyses and calibrations, such as the monitoring of the health and stability of the WFC3 instrument, the measurement of ~20 million WFC3/UVIS PSFs, the creation of WFC3/IR persistence calibration products, and many others. The Quicklook system may be extended to support the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope mission.