Unravelling Cosmic Explosions in Style

TARDIS is a tool that creates synthetic observations (spectra) for exploding stars (supernovae). A supernova marks the brilliant death throes of a star, during which it outshines its entire galaxy. It not only marks death, though: supernova ejecta change the evolution of the Universe and enable the formation of planets and life as we know it. From the iron in your blood to the silicon in your laptop, supernovae return heavy elements assembled from the primordial hydrogen and helium left after the Big Bang. TARDIS provides a link between theory and observations, by creating synthetic spectra from theoretical assumptions and allowing to compare them to observations. We, the community around TARDIS, are interested in combining astronomy, computer science, statistics and modern software design in building a tool that is both useful in research and teaching alike (with a documentation that would in theory allow anyone to recreate it from scratch).

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