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Window To The Stars

About Window to the Stars
WTTS news
Native Linux
Virtual machine (Linux, MacOS, Windows)
Docker (Linux, MacOS, Windows)
Raspberry Pi
TWIN code
Stars for Schools

For Outreach, for Teaching, for Research.

We present Window To The Stars, a graphical user interface to the popular TWIN single/binary stellar evolution code, for novices, students and professional astrophysicists. It removes the drudgery associated with the traditional approach to running the code, while maintaining the power, output quality and flexibility a modern stellar evolutionist requires. It is currently being used for cutting edge research and interactive teaching.

Many thanks to Peter Eggleton, Evert Glebbeek, Ghina Halabi, Gemma Kerr, Michael Armstrong and Rahul Kakaiya for their generous help with the project.

Downloads: Latest stable version 2.12
The Linux installer has been tested on Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora 28 and OpenSuse 15. You may find it easier to use the Docker or Virtualbox image, especially on other operating systems such as MacOS and Windows.

WTTS2 on Linux
From a terminal, run the following commands, either:
curl -L -o linux_installer
chmod +x linux_installer
chmod +x linux_installer
WTTS2 with Virtualbox
A full virtual machine, based on Ubuntu 18, can be found at figshare (~4GB download) ready for use with Virtualbox on most platforms. Instructions for use of OVA files are here.

To update the virtual machine to the latest version, open a terminal (e.g. from the main menu, go to System Tools -> LXTerminal) and run the following commands:

cd $HOME
wget -N
chmod +x installer
./installer local
WTTS2 with Docker
First, please install Docker on your platform.

Next, on Linux, run:

docker volume create wtts_volume

docker run \
       --name=wtts2 \
       -it \
       --rm \
       -e DISPLAY \
       --ipc=host \
       --mount source=wtts_volume,target=/home/wtts/wtts_rundir\
       -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
       -v $HOME/.Xauthority:/home/wtts/.Xauthority \

If you are using Docker on a Mac try this page.
WTTS2 on the Raspberry Pi
You can obtain an image for the Raspberry Pi, based on Raspbian Buster, at Zenodo. Instruction for burning the image are at this site.

TWIN stellar evolution code
You can download the TWIN code from this link. Many thanks to Peter Eggleton for allowing us to distribute his code and Evert Glebbeek for helping with many technical questions.

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