astropy@GSoC Blog Post #1

Hey there,

How are you?
Chances are that you are coming across me for the first time.
Nice meeting you too! 😄

Since this is an introductory astropy@GSoC Blog Post, I would keep things brief.


As you probably already know, my name is Suyog and I am a participant for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2021. Over the course of the next 10 weeks or so, I will be working on the Astropy project under the umbrella organisation OpenAstronomy. During this while, I aim to add a CDS format writer to the Astropy library with the help of my affable mentors Aarya and Moritz.   

I had actually also applied for GSoC last summer, however I had failed to pass one of the eligibility criteria, and so wasn't selected. This astropy@GSoC project, therefore, is quite an awesome opportunity for me. I am looking forward to making the most of it and enjoying the time all the same.

There are two preliminary observations:
    1. The associated stipend, albeit somewhat lower than what used to be the case a few years back, is freaking awesome. 😉
    2. Dunno, why this project is marked as Difficultly Low!? Nothing as easy as being just the third person to write a Table writer for the world's largest Astronomy code library! 😂😎

Alright. Bye.
See ya the next time! 🙋‍♂️

Stay tuned for more GSoC updates, or what is far better, for the next post in general.