The main source of information regarding the format and nature of IUE data contained in each FITS file is stored in the primary header. Each primary header includes the following sections:
It should be noted that the structure of the FITS header is such that some information may appear in more than one form. For example, specific information may appear in multiple places in the original IUE label as well as in a CDI FITS keyword and/or the processing history. In the instances where these entries disagree, the CDIs should always be considered the most reliable source. The contents of each of these sections is described below. Examples of complete low- and high-dispersion primary headers are also given at the conclusion of this section.