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ginga 2.0.20131218034517

An astronomical (FITS) image viewer and toolkit.

Latest Version: 2.0.20140417032430


Ginga is a viewer for astronomical data FITS (Flexible Image Transport System) files.

The Ginga viewer centers around a new FITS display widget which supports zooming and panning, color and intensity mapping, a choice of several automatic cut levels algorithms and canvases for plotting scalable geometric forms. In addition to this widget, the fits viewer provides a flexible plugin framework for extending the viewer with many different features. A fairly complete set of "standard" plugins are provided for features that we expect from a modern viewer: panning and zooming windows, star catalog access, cuts, star pick/fwhm, thumbnails, etc.


Ginga uses a standard distutils based install, e.g.

$ python build


$ python install

The program can then be run using the command "ginga"

For further information please see the file ginga/doc/INSTALL.txt


You can find copies of a PDF manual online at

Also look in ginga/doc/manual


See scripts/example{1,2} and scripts/example{1,2} . There is more information for developers in the manual.


"Ginga" is the romanized spelling of the Japanese word "銀河" (hiragana: ぎんが), meaning "galaxy" (in general) and, more familiarly, the Milky Way. This viewer was written by software engineers at Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan--thus the connection.


Ginga the viewer may be pronounced "ging-ga" (proper japanese) or "jing-ga" (perhaps easier for western tongues). The latter pronunciation has meaning in the Brazilian dance/martial art capoeira: a fundamental rocking or back and forth swinging motion.

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