While the incidental scraps of theogony in Homer name Okeanos `Ocean' as the origin of the gods (theôn génesis), in Hesiod it is Earth (Gaia) who gives birth to Heaven (Ouranos) and then marries him; they engender the Titans, among them Okeanos and Kronos [Saturn in the Roman interpretation].
Jaan Puhvel, 1987.
GAIA (Graphical Astronomy and Image Analysis) is an interactive astronomical image display and analysis tool, broadly similar to SAOIMAGE (for which see SUN/166). It includes a comprehensive suite of facilities for displaying and manipulating images (panning, zooming, setting the colour table etc). It also has extensive facilities for the astronomical analysis of images, including: astrometric calibration, automatic object detection and aperture, optimal and surface photometry (see Section ). GAIA can display two-dimensional spectra, but has no facilities for specifically spectroscopic analyses.
GAIA can access images in most of the data formats common in astronomy, including Starlink NDF files and FITS images (see Section ). It can also retrieve copies of remote images and catalogues via the Internet.
This cookbook is an introduction to GAIA. It describes the facilities that GAIA provides and gives some simple examples of their use. It refers to GAIA version 2.6 or higher. The structure of the cookbook is:
The cookbook is aimed at astronomers who are new to GAIA, but who think
that it might be useful in their work. It is complemented by the GAIA
User's Manual, SUN/214: GAIA - Graphical Astronomy and Image
Analysis Tool, which gives detailed information
about the tool. Experienced users of GAIA are more likely to find this
latter document useful than the present cookbook. Extensive on-line
help information is also available from within GAIA itself.
The GAIA Cookbook