Accessing NMDB data using NEST and pandas

Christian T. Steigies, Extraterrestrial Physics, Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Kiel University, Germany

Nicolas Fuller, Observatoire de Paris, LESIA, France

The NMDB Event Search Tool (NEST) started as a quick-look interface to the data in NMDB, but by now has become the main interface to NMDB data. NEST does not only enable you to plot data from one or several NMDB stations in a very customizable way, it also allows you to retrieve the data in ASCII format for further processing or creating your own plots. Downloading data can be scripted using wget or curl as documented in 3 ways 2 use NEST. We are presenting python functions to read in data from one or several stations directly from NEST into a pandas dataframe. Once your data is in a dataframe, you can easily sort, modify or plot data with python.