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gives the value of the specified property for the galaxy entity.

gives a list of property values for the specified galaxy entities.

gives the specified annotation associated with the given property.


  • GalaxyData[] gives a list of all galaxy entities.
  • GalaxyData["Properties"] gives a list of available properties.
  • The specified entity in GalaxyData can be an Entity, EntityClass, entity canonical name, or list thereof.
  • The specified property can be an EntityProperty, EntityPropertyClass, property canonical name, or list of properties.
  • Properties that do not apply or are not known in a particular case are indicated by Missing[].
  • Properties include:
  • "AlphanumericName"alphanumeric name
    "AlternateNames"alternate names
    "AltitudeTransit"next transit altitude
    "ApparentAltitude"apparent altitude
    "ApparentMagnitude"apparent magnitude
    "AzimuthRise"azimuth at rise
    "AzimuthSet"azimuth at set
    "BlueBandMagnitude"blue band magnitude
    "BooleanRise"above the horizon
    "Diameter"average diameter
    "DistanceFromEarth"distance from Earth
    "DistanceFromSun"distance from Sun
    "GalacticLatitude"galactic latitude
    "GalacticLongitude"galactic longitude
    "GalaxyType"galaxy type
    "HelioCoordinates"heliocentric XYZ coordinates
    "HubbleType"Hubble type
    "ICNumber"IC number
    "MaximalAltitudeTime"next maximum altitude time
    "NGCNumber"NGC number
    "PGCNumber"PGC number
    "RadialVelocity"radial velocity
    "Radius"average radius
    "RightAscension"right ascension
    "RiseTime"next rise
    "SetTime"next set
    "SurfaceBrightness"surface brightness
    "TransitTime"next transit time
    "VisualBandMagnitude"visual band magnitude
  • Some properties are available for GalaxyData as a whole and can be given using the form GalaxyData[property]. Such properties include:
  • "Entities"all available entities
    "EntityCount"total number of available entities
    "Classes"all available entity classes
    "EntityClassCount"total number of available entity classes
    "SampleEntities"list of sample entities
    "SampleEntityClasses"list of sample entity classes
    "EntityCanonicalNames"list of all entity canonical names
    "PropertyCanonicalNames"list of all property canonical names
    "EntityClassCanonicalNames"list of all entity class canonical names
    "RandomEntities"pseudorandom sample entities
    {"RandomEntities",n}n pseudorandom entities
    "RandomEntityClasses"pseudorandom sample entity classes
    {"RandomEntityClasses",n}n pseudorandom entity classes
  • The following annotations can be used in the third argument of GalaxyData[entity,property,annotation]:
  • "Qualifiers"the list of possible qualifiers for the property
    "QualifierValues"the list of possible values that can be given to each qualifier
    "DefaultQualifierValues"the list of default values for the property's qualifiers
    "Description"a brief textual description of the property
    "Definition"a detailed textual definition of the property
    "Source"source information for the property
    "Date"the date associated with the entity-property value (if any)
    "PhysicalQuantity"the physical quantity associated with the entity-property value
    "Unit"the unit associated with the entity-property value
    "EntityAssociation"an association of entities and entity-property values
    "PropertyAssociation"an association of properties and entity-property values
  • If a function is provided as an annotation, it will be used to aggregate the result data. Typical aggregation functions include:
  • Minthe minimum value
    Maxthe maximum value
    Meanthe mean value
    Commonestthe most frequently occurring value
    Medianthe median value
    Totalreturns the total
    Lengththe number of elements

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Use Ctrl+Equal for discovery:

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Determine the distance to a galaxy:

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Find the equatorial coordinates of a galaxy:

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Find the current sky position of a galaxy from your location:

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Introduced in 2014