pastamarkers: astrophysical data visualization with pasta-like markers

29 Mar 2024  ·  PASTA Collaboration, N. Borghi, E. Ceccarelli, A. Della Croce, L. Leuzzi, L. Rosignoli, A. Traina ·

We aim at facilitating the visualization of astrophysical data for several tasks, such as uncovering patterns, presenting results to the community, and facilitating the understanding of complex physical relationships to the public. We present pastamarkers, a customized Python package fully compatible with matplotlib, that contains unique pasta-shaped markers meant to enhance the visualization of astrophysical data. We prove that using different pasta types as markers can improve the clarity of astrophysical plots by reproducing some of the most famous plots in the literature.

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Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics