APLpy (the Astronomical Plotting Library in Python) is a Python module for producing publication-quality plots of astronomical imaging data in FITS format. The module uses Matplotlib, a powerful and interactive plotting package. It is capable of creating output files in several graphical formats, including EPS, PDF, PS, PNG, and SVG. Plots can be made interactively or by using scripts, and can generate co-aligned FITS cubes to make three-color RGB images. It also offers different overlay capabilities, including contour sets, markers with customizable symbols, and coordinate grids, and a range of other useful features.
This research made use of APLpy, an open-source plotting package for Python (Robitaille and Bressert, 2012) where Robitaille and Bressert, 2012 is a citation to http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012ascl.soft08017R