What is HEALPix?

HEALPix (Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelisation) is an algorithm for pixellizing a sphere that is sometimes used in Astronomy to store data from all-sky surveys, but the general algorithm can apply to any field that has to deal with representing data on a sphere.

More information about the HEALPix algorithm can be found here:

About this package

astropy-healpix is a new BSD-licensed implementation that is separate from the original GPL-licensed HEALPix library and associated healpy Python wrapper. See About this package for further information about the difference between this new implementation and the original libraries.

The code can be found on GitHub, along with the list of Contributors.

User documentation

Version history

For a list of changes in each version, see the CHANGES.rst file.