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  1. Abstract We present a mosaic of those co-added Full Frame Images acquired by the TESS satellite that had been released in 2020 April. The mosaic shows substantial stray light over the sky. Yet over spatial scales of a few degrees, the background appears uniform. This result indicates that TESS has considerable potential as a Low Surface Brightness Observatory. The co-added images are freely available as a High Level Science Product (HLSP) at MAST and accessible through a Jupyter Notebook. 
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  2. We describe a case study to use the Montage image mosaic engine to create maps of the ALLWISE image data set in the Hierarchical Progressive Survey (HiPS) sky-tesselation scheme. Our approach demonstrates that Montage reveals the science content of infrared images in greater detail than has hitherto been possible in HiPS maps. The approach exploits two unique (to our knowledge) characteristics of the Montage image mosaic engine: background modeling to rectify the time variable image backgrounds to common levels; and an adaptive image stretch to present images for visualization. The creation of the maps is supported by the development of four new tools that when fully tested will become part of the Montage distribution. The compute intensive part of the processing lies in the reprojection of the images, and we show how we optimized the processing for efficient creation of mosaics that are used in turn to create maps in the HiPS tiling scheme. We plan to apply our methodology to infrared image data sets such a those delivered by Spitzer, 2MASS, IRAS and Planck. 
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  3. The Montage image mosaic engine has found wide applicability in astronomy research, integration into processing environments, and is an examplar application for the development of advanced cyber-infrastructure. It is written in C to provide performance and portability. Linking C/C++ libraries to the Python kernel at run time as binary extensions allows them to run under Python at compiled speeds and enables users to take advantage of all the functionality in Python. We have built Python binary extensions of the 59 ANSI-C modules that make up version 5 of the Montage toolkit. This has involved a turning the code into a C library, with driver code fully separated to reproduce the calling sequence of the command-line tools; and then adding Python and C linkage code with the Cython library, which acts as a bridge between general C libraries and the Python interface. We will demonstrate how to use these Python binary extensions to perform image processing, including reprojecting and resampling images, rectifying background emission to a common level, creation of image mosaics that preserve the calibration and astrometric fidelity of the input images, creating visualizations with an adaptive stretch algorithm, processing HEALPix images, and analyzing and managing image metadata. 
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  4. e describe the use of Montage to create all-sky astronomy maps compliant with the Hierarchical Progressive Survey (HiPS) sky-tesselation scheme. These maps support panning and zooming across the sky to progressively smaller scales, and are used widely for visualization in astronomy. They are, however, difficult to create at infrared wavelengths because of high background emission. Montage is an ideal tool for creating infrared maps for two reasons: it uses background modeling to rectify the time variable image backgrounds to a common level; and it uses an adaptive image stretch algorithm to convert the image data to display values for visualization. The creation of the maps involves the use of existing Montage tools in tandem with four new tools to support HiPS. We wil present images of infrared sky surveys in the HiPS scheme. 
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  5. Presentation given by invitation at the NASA HyperWall exhibit. 
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