Finally we venture into new territory in Houdini: Python! With the help of our very talented friend Niklas Rosenstein we’ll have a look at how to import actual satellite data from ESA’s Gaia mission into Houdini and use it to render our very own star map.

On the way we’re gonna learn how to get started in Python including installing and setting up a very lightweight development environment (and even that is an exaggeration). After learning how to download bigger data sets from the internet, we’ll talk about how to import the actual data into Houdini, how to speed up successive load times and how to actually turn our data into something that resembles a map of the stars in a night sky.




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