How to use Hera
There are basically 2 steps to using Hera:
Save data sets to your Hera account.
data sets that you are interested in analyzing from the HEASARC data archive using
On the file
download page you are given the option to save the data to
Hera instead of downloading them to your local machine. At that point
you will be given the opportunity to create a new Hera user account if
you do not already have one.
Login to Hera from your local computer
- using fv.
The version of fv that is distributed with the latest version of
HEASOFT will work,
otherwise download and install the
standalone version of fv.
On Windows PCs it is recommended that you download the self-extract installation executable (here).
Once you've downloaded the file, double-click on it to launch InstallShield, which will
guide you through the installation process). At end of the installation, the process
will create a convenient 'Hera' icon on your Windows desktop.
To connect to Hera on Unix or Mac OS machines, enter the
> fv -hera &
On Windows machines, simply 'double click' on the Hera desktop icon.
- using Web version of Hera.
You will then be prompted to enter your Hera user name and password
(or create one if you do not already have a Hera account).
After logging in, the main Hera window will appear, which is
divided into 3 main areas:
Left window: list of all available software tools, organized into packages
Upper right window: directory listing of files on the Hera Server
Lower right window: directory listing of files on your local machine
An on-line help facility is available that explains the various
features in the Hera interface.
Hera is an ongoing project whose original development was funded by a
NASA AISRP grant. We are interested in your suggestions and comments
on how Hera could be improved. Please send any comments via email us
directly at this address: heradev "at" bigbang.gsfc.nasa.gov.
The Hera development team currently consists of:
Previous contributors include:
William Pence, Ziqin Pan, Peter Wilson, Ning Gan, Christina Heikkila, Thomas McGlynn, Laura McDonald