Returns an estimate of the median background level in the FLUX column.
In the case of official Kepler and TESS Target Pixel Files, the background estimates should be close to zero because these products have already been background-subtracted by the pipeline (i.e. the values in the
FLUX_BKGcolumn have been subtracted from the values in
FLUX). Background subtraction is often imperfect however, and this method aims to allow users to estimate residual background signals using different methods.
Target Pixel Files created by the MAST TESSCut service have not been background-subtracted. For such products, or other community- generated pixel files, this method provides a first-order estimate of the background levels.
This method estimates the per-pixel background flux over time by computing the median pixel value across the
- aperture_mask‘background’, ‘all’, or array-like
Which pixels should be used to estimate the background? If None or ‘all’ are passed, all pixels in the pixel file will be used. If ‘background’ is passed, all pixels fainter than the median flux will be used. Alternatively, users can pass a boolean array describing the aperture mask such that
Truemeans that the pixel will be used.
Median background flux in units electron/second/pixel.