A flask script for creating jpeg images from fits files stored on the LCOGT Science Archive
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Thumbnail service

This is a flask application that generates thumbnails from data stored on the LCOGT Science Archive.

Requirements

This script uses amazon S3 to temporarily store images. You'll need a bucket and the correct environmental variables set.

This script also relies on fits2image. Make sure it is installed in your virtualenv.

All other dependencies are listed in the requirements.txt file and can be installed with pip.

Authorization

The api passes through the Authorization header to the archive API. You only need to provide this header if the data you are attempting to get a thumbnail for is proprietary. See the archive documentation for more details.

Endpoints

There are only 2 endpoints: /<frame_id>/ and /<basename>/ where frame_id is the ID of the frame in the archive, and basename is the base part of the filename (no file extension) you wish to make a thumbnail of. Using the frame_id is faster to return if you happen to know it ahead of time.

Both endpoints take 3 query parameters:

  • width
  • height
  • label
  • image

Width and height are in pixels, label will appear as white text in the lower left had corner of the image.

They both return a url to the thumbnail file that will be good for 1 week unless the image parameter is supplied which will return an image directly.

Example

https://thumbnails.lcogt.net/3863274/?width=500&height=500&label=So%20many%20stars

Changelog

2.9

2018-11-13 Upgrade requests Initialize a variable that could have been referenced before assignment

2.5

2017-05-15 Upgrade Dockerfile to be more sensible, upgrade to python 3.6

2.4

2017-04-04 Add better exception handling to clean up temporary files even if generation fails.

2.3

2017-03-17 Add quality paramter and reduce default quality. Improves speed without a noticeable change in image quality. Improve filename key so that any differnt combination of parameters will reuslt in a new image.

2.2

2017-02-27 Added median filtering support

2.1

2016-08-24 Fixed bug where images of different reduction levels were used to compose color images

2.0

2016-08-17 Added color image support! Use ?color=True for frames which belong to a request that have other exposures using red, visual and blue filters.

1.1

2016-08-11 Added image url parameter to return image directly instead of json. Useful for using as the src attribute in img tags.