Code that powers the abovebrum Twitter account.
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Code that powers the @abovebrum Twitter account.

There are three scripts:

  • scrape – runs daily to fetch the flare/ISS times from
  • weather – runs hourly to fetch the latest weather from
  • twitter – runs every five minutes to see if something is coming up that needs to be sent to Twitter.


Register an application at in order to get a consumer key and secret, and an access token and secret. Register with to get an API key.

Install the needed requirements:

$ virtualenv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Clone the repository:

$ git clone
$ cd abovebrum
$ cp

Now open up and change the co-ordinates to wherever you want to run the service (that's for looking up flare times). Put your tokens and secrets in the appropriate places to enable Twitter posting access and lookup.

Set up cronjobs (or however you want to do it) that run weather every hour, scrape once a day, and twitter every five minutes, something like:

2 2 * * * /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/venv/bin/python /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/scrape
57 * * * * /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/venv/bin/python /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/weather
*/5 * * * * /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/venv/bin/python /home/matthew/bin/abovebrum/twitter

That should be it.