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  • This page aims to organize a consensus view of the properties that describe astronomical objects. Please be bold and add your suggestions in these pages (for example, propose a property).

Rules of this page:

  • Feel free to add new property for discussion in the tables. Set the "Creation level" to Proposal.
  • Please use the "Property proposal/Space" page to discuss about properties creation or use. If you want to discuss about one property, create a new subsection on that page in the Astronomical object section and set the "Creation level" to discussion and link the property in the table with the section.
  • The contents of this page can be discussed in the discussion page.

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Understanding properties:

  • Properties link to particular datatypes: the meaning can be found here.

List of properties for astronomical objects[edit]

Title
ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance ofP31Iteminstance of: that class of which this subject is a particular example and member (subject typically an individual member with a proper name label); different from P279; using this property as a qualifier is deprecated—use P2868 or P3831 insteadAndromeda Galaxy <instance of> galaxy-
constellationP59Itemconstellation: the area of the celestial sphere of which the subject is a part (from a scientific standpoint, not an astrological one)Andromeda Galaxy <constellation> Andromeda-
discoverer or inventorP61Iteminventor, innovator and discoverer: the person who discovered, first described, invented, or developed this discovery or inventionUranus <discoverer or inventor> William Herschel-
site of astronomical discoveryP65Itemthe place where an astronomical object was discovered (observatory, satellite)930 Westphalia <site of astronomical discovery> Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory-
named afterP138Itemeponym: entity or event that inspired the subject's name, or namesake (in at least one language)Uranus <named after> Uranus-
followsP155Itemfollows: immediately prior item in a series of which the subject is a part [if the subject has replaced the preceding item, e.g. political offices, use "replaces" (P1365)]4 Vesta <follows> 3 Junofollowed by
followed byP156Itemfollowed by: immediately following item in a series of which the subject is a part [if the subject has been replaced, e.g. political offices, use "replaced by" (P1366)]4 Vesta <followed by> 5 Astraeafollows
minor planet groupP196Itemminor-planet group: is in grouping of minor planets according to similar orbital characteristics1221 Amor <minor planet group> Amor asteroids-
spectral classP215Stringstellar classification: spectral class of an astronomical objectSirius <spectral class> A1Vm-
galaxy morphological typeP223Stringgalaxy morphological classification: galaxy morphological classification codeAndromeda Galaxy <galaxy morphological type> SA(s)b-
astronomic symbol imageP367Commons media fileastronomical symbol: image of the symbol that identify a planet or an asteroid of the solar systemJupiter <astronomic symbol image> Jupiter symbol.svg-
located on astronomical bodyP376Itemastronomical body on which features or places are situatedArchimedes <located on astronomical body> Moo-
parent astronomical bodyP397Itemprimary body: major astronomical body the item belongs toCharon <parent astronomical body> Plutochild astronomical body
child astronomical bodyP398Itemsecondary body: minor body that belongs to the itemPluto <child astronomical body> Charonparent astronomical body
companion ofP399Itemtwo or more astronomic bodies of the same type relating to each otherNGC 869 <companion of> NGC 884-
notationP913Itemmathematical notation or another symbolMercury <notation> Mercury symbol-
provisional designationP490StringMinor planet designation: designation of an astronomical body after its discovery and before its official name103 Hera <provisional designation> 1927 CV-
orbit diagramP491Commons media fileorbit: image with the diagram of the orbit of an astronomic body1105 Fragaria <orbit diagram> 1105orbit.gif-
catalog codeP528Stringcatalog name of an object, use with qualifier P972Andromeda Galaxy <catalog code> M31-
time of discovery or inventionP575Point in timediscovery: date or point in time when the item was discovered or inventedUranus <time of discovery or invention> 13 March 1781-
JPL Small-Body Database IDP716External identifierJPL Small-Body Database: identifier in the JPL Small-Body Database7777 Consadole <JPL Small-Body Database ID> 2007777-
Minor Planet Center observatory codeP717External identifierastronomical observatory: observational data for minor planets (asteroids) and cometsSimeiz Observatory <Minor Planet Center observatory code> 094-
asteroid spectral typeP720Itemasteroid spectral type: spectral classifications of asteroids based on spectral shape, color, and albedo4 Vesta <asteroid spectral type> V-type asteroid-
asteroid familyP744Itemasteroid family: population of asteroids that share similar proper orbital elements221 Eos <asteroid family> Eos family-
type of variable starP881Itemvariable star: type of variable starDelta Cephei <type of variable star> Cepheid variable-
catalogP972Itemcatalog: catalog for the item, or, as a qualifier of P528 – catalog for which the 'catalog code' is validAndromeda Galaxy <catalog code> M31
<catalog> Messier object
-
ARICNSP999External identifierARICNS: identifier for stars in ARICNSGliese 849 <ARICNS> 01809-
asteroid taxonomyP1016Itemasteroid spectral type: type of asteroid classification110 Lydia <asteroid spectral type> V-type asteroid
<asteroid taxonomy> SMASS classification
-
discovery methodP1046Itemmethod of detecting extrasolar planets: way an exoplanet was discoveredKepler-41b <discovery method> transit method-
redshiftP1090Quantityred shift: the redshift measure of an astronomical objectMessier 82 <redshift> 0.000677 ± 0.000013-
orbital eccentricityP1096Quantityorbital eccentricity: amount of the deviation of an orbit from a perfect circlePluto <orbital eccentricity> 0.24880766-
flatteningP1102Quantityflattening: measure of the compression of an ellipsoid of revolutionEarth <flattening> 0.0033528-
Lagrangian pointP1145ItemLagrangian point: libration point of an object (default: object-sun-earth)588 Achilles <Lagrangian point> L4-Jupiter-Sun-
apparent magnitudeP1215Quantityapparent magnitude: apparent magnitude of an astronomic objectSirius A <apparent magnitude> -1.09-
astronomical filterP1227Itemoptical filter: passband used to isolate particular sections of the electromagnetic spectrumSirius A <apparent magnitude> -1.09
<astronomical filter> V band
-
absolute magnitudeP1457Quantityabsolute magnitude: absolute magnitude of an astronomic object102 Miriam <absolute magnitude> 9.26-
color indexP1458Quantitycolor index: color index of an astronomical objectProperty talk:P1458-
apoapsisP2243Quantityapoapsis: distance, at which a celestial body is the farthest to the object it orbitsEarth <apoapsis> -
periapsisP2244Quantityperiapsis: distance, at which a celestial body is the closest to the object it orbitsEarth <periapsis> -
stellar rotational velocityP4296Quantitymeasured parameter for starsPollux <stellar rotational velocity> 2.8 km/s-

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Infobox mapping and data[edit]

Infobox planet[edit]

Template:Infobox planet (Q5864499)

Showcase item: 4 Vesta.

Parameter Infobox Status Property Datatype Qualifiers Comments
Symbol symbol done astronomic symbol image (P367) media -
Image image done image (P18) media - generic property
Caption caption
Apsis apsis waiting for datatype
Discoverer discoverer done discoverer or inventor (P61) item - generic property
Site of the discovery discovery_site done site of astronomical discovery (P65) item -
Date of discovery discovered done time of discovery or invention (P575) date and time - generic property
Method of discovery discovery_method done discovery method (P1046) item -
Minor planet designation mp_name done catalog code (P528) string -
Pronounced pronounced
Eponymous named_after done named after (P138) item - generic property
Minor planet category mp_category done minor planet group (P196) item -
Provisional designation alt_names done provisional designation (P490) string -
orbit_ref
Diagram of the orbit orbit_diagram done orbit diagram (P491) media -
Epoch epoch point in time (P585)? See phab:T59704 date and time
Aphelion aphelion waiting for datatype number type of axis
Apoastron apoastron
Apoapsis apoapsis apoapsis (P2243) number
Perihelion perihelion waiting for datatype number type of axis
Periastron periastron
Periapsis periapsis periapsis (P2244) number
Semi-Major axis semimajor semi-major axis (P2233) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
Mean radius of the orbit mean_orbit_radius number
Eccentricity eccentricity done orbital eccentricity (P1096) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
Orbital period period orbital period (P2146) number -
Orbital period synodic_period synodic period (P4341) number -
Average speed avg_speed waiting for datatype number type of velocity
Mean anomaly mean_anomaly mean anomaly (P2325)
Inclination inclination orbital inclination (P2045) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
Angular distance angular_dist angular distance (P2212) number ?
Longitude of the ascending node asc_node longitude of ascending node (P2213) number point in time (P585)
Longitude of the periastron long_periastron
Time of periastron time_periastron
Argument of periapsis arg_peri argument of periapsis (P2248)
? semi-amplitude
? p_orbit_ref
Proper semi-major axis p_semimajor semi-major axis (P2233) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
Proper eccentricity p_eccentricity done orbital eccentricity (P1096) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
Proper inclination p_inclination orbital inclination (P2045) number type of orbit (osculating or proper)
? p_mean_motion
Proper perihelic precession rate perihelion_rate number
Proper nodal precession rate node_rate number
satellite of satellite_of done parent astronomical body (P397) item -
satellites satellites done child astronomical body (P398) item -
? dimensions
Flattening flattening done flattening (P1102) number -
Equatorial radius equatorial_radius radius (P2120) number type of radius
Polar radius polar_radius radius (P2120) number type of radius
Mean radius mean_radius radius (P2120) number type of radius
Circumference circumference perimeter (P2547) number
Surface area surface_area number
Volume volume volume as quantity (P2234) number
Mass mass mass (P2067) number -
Density density density (P2054) number -
Surface gravity surface_grav number -
Escape velocity escape_velocity number -
Rotation period sidereal_day rotation period (P2147) number
Rotation velocity rot_velocity number
Axial tilt axial_tilt number
? right_asc_north_pole
? declination
? pole_ecliptic_lat
? pole_ecliptic_lon
Albedo albedo number
? single_temperature
? temp_name1
? min_temp_1
? mean_temp_1
? max_temp_1
? temp_name2
? min_temp_2
? mean_temp_2
? max_temp_2
Asteroid spectral type spectral_type done asteroid spectral type (P720) item asteroid taxonomy (P1016)
Apparent magnitude magnitude done apparent magnitude (P1215) number astronomical filter (P1227)
Absolute magnitude abs_magnitude done absolute magnitude (P1457) number
? angular_size
? adjectives
? atmosphere_ref
Surface pressure surface_pressure
? scale_height
? atmosphere_composition

Starbox[edit]

Category:Starbox templates (Q8810641)

The infobox "starbox" is divided into section that are formed by different templates. To distinguish the templates of every parameter, they are indicated in the column "Infobox" of the table before the parameter itself separated by "::": for example the parameter name of the template Starbox begin will be indicated as begin::name.

Parameter Infobox Status Property Datatype Qualifiers Comments
Name begin::name
Image image::image done see infobox Planet
Caption image::caption see infobox Planet
image::credit
Epoch observe::epoch see infobox Planet
Equinox observe::equinox
Constellation observe::constell done constellation (P59) item -
observe::pronounce
Right Ascension observe::ra see phab:T56097 geographic
locations
Declination observe::dec
Apparent magnitude observe::appmag_v done see infobox Planet
character::type
character::class done spectral class (P215) item
Band character::appmag_#_passband astronomical filter (P1227)
Apparent magnitude character::appmag_# done see infobox Planet
Color index character::r-i done color index (P1458) number astronomical filter (P1227)
Color index character::v-r
Color index character::b-v
Color index character::u-b
Color index character::j-h
Color index character::j-k
Variability type character::variable done type of variable star (P881) item -
astrometry::component1
astrometry::component2
Radial velocity astrometry::radial_v
astrometry::radial_v2
waiting for datatype number -
Proper motion in RA astrometry::prop_mo_ra
astrometry::prop_mo_ra2
waiting for datatype number -
Proper motion in Dec astrometry::prop_mo_dec
astrometry::prop_mo_dec2
waiting for datatype number -
Parallax astrometry::parallax
astrometry::parallax2
waiting for datatype number -
Parallax error astrometry::p_error
astrometry::p_error2
Parallax ref astrometry::parallax_footnote
astrometry::parallax_footnote2
Distance (light year) astrometry::dist_ly
astrometry::dist_ly2
waiting for datatype numeric -
Distance (parsec) astrometry::dist_pc
astrometry::dist_pc2
Absolute magnitude astrometry::absmag_v
astrometry::absmag_v2
done see Infobox Planet
Reference orbit::reference
Primary object name orbit::primary
Companion name orbit::name
Orbital period orbit::period waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
? orbit::period_unitless
Semi-Major axis orbit::axis waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
? orbit::axis_unitless
Eccentricity orbit::eccentricity done see Infobox Planet
Inclination orbit::inclination waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
Longitude of node orbit::node waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
Periastron orbit::periastron waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
Argument of periastron of the secondary orbit::periarg see Infobox Planet
Argument of periastron of the primary orbit::periarg_primary
? orbit::k1
? orbit::k2
? detail::source
Mass (in Solar mass) detail::mass waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
Mass (in Jupiter mass) detail::mass_mj
Radius (in Solar radius) detail::radius waiting for datatype see Infobox Planet
Radius (in Jupiter radius) detail::radius_rj
luminosity (P2060) (in Solar luminosity) detail::luminosity waiting for datatype
Bolometric luminosity detail::luminosity_bolometric
Visual luminosity detail::luminosity_visual
Surface gravity detail::gravity
Effective temperature detail::temperature
Metallicity detail::metal waiting for datatype
Metallicity ([Fe/H]) detail::metal_fe
? detail::rotation
Rotational velocity detail::rotational_velocity
Age detail::age
Age (Mega years) detail::age_myr
Age (Giga years) detail::age_gyr
Reference relpos::reference
Epoch relpos::epoch
Name of primary star relpos::primary
Name of secondary star relpos::component
Angular distance (arcsecond) relpos::angdistsec
Angular distance (milliarcsecond) relpos::angdistmas
Angular distance (reference) relpos::angdistref
Position angle (degree) relpos::posang
Position angle (reference) relpos::posangref
Observed projected separation (AU) relpos::projsep Discussion
Observed projected separation (reference) relpos::projsepref
Other designations for the star system catalog::names done catalog code (P528) string catalog (P972) generic property
Primary designation catalog::component1
catalog::component2
catalog::component3
catalog::component4
done catalog code (P528) string catalog (P972) generic property
Other designations catalog::names1
catalog::names2
catalog::names3
catalog::names4
done catalog code (P528) string catalog (P972) generic property

Templates of astronomical bodies[edit]

Infobox comet
{{Infobox comet
| name           = 
| image          = {{#property:image}}
| caption        = 
| discoverer     = {{#property:discovered by}}
| discovery_date = 
| designations   = 
| epoch          = 
| aphelion       = 
| perihelion     = 
| semimajor      = 
| semiminor      = 
| orbital_circ   = 
| eccentricity   = 
| period         = 
| avg_speed      = 
| max_speed      = 
| min_speed      = 
| inclination    = 
| last_p         = 
| next_p         = 
| source         = 
}}
Infobox GRB
{{Infobox GRB
| name          =
| image         = {{#property:image}}
| caption       = 
| credit        =
| detected      =
| detected_by   = {{#property:discovered by}}
| duration      =
| ra            = 
| dec           = 
| z             =
| dist_ly       =
| host          = {{#property:parent body}} 
| constellation = {{#property:constellation}}
| appmag_v      =
| energy        =
| names         =
}}
Infobox quasar
{{Infobox quasar
| name               =
| image              = {{#property:image}}
| caption            =
| epoch              =
| ra                 = 
| dec                = 
| constellation name = {{#property:constellation}}
| z                  =
| dist_ly            =
| type               =
| appmag_v           =
| size_v             =
| notes              =
| names              =
}}

Templates of deep sky objects[edit]

Infobox diffuse nebula
{{Infobox diffuse nebula}
 | name          =
 | image         = {{#property:image}}
 | caption       = 
 | credit        =
 | type          =
 | ra            = 
 | dec           = 
 | dist_ly       =
 | appmag_v      =
 | size_v        =
 | constellation = {{#property:constellation}}
 | radius_ly     = 
 | appmag_v      =
 | notes         =
 | names         =
}}
Infobox cluster
{{Infobox cluster
| name          =
| image         = {{#property:image}}
| caption       =
| credit        =
| epoch         = 
| constellation = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra            = 
| dec           = 
| dist_ly       =
| dist_pc       =
| appmag_v      =
| size_v        =
| mass_msol     =
| age           =
| notes         =
| names         =
}}
Infobox dark nebula
{{Infobox dark nebula
|name          = 
|image         = {{#property:image}}
|caption       = 
|epoch         = 
|type          = 
|ra            = 
|dec           = 
|dist_ly       = 
|appmag_v      = 
|size_v        = 
|constellation = {{#property:constellation}}
|radius_ly     = 
|absmag_v      = 
|notes         = 
|names         = 
}}
Infobox galaxy
{{Infobox galaxy
| name               = 
| image              = {{#property:image}}
| caption            = 
| credit             = 
| epoch              = 
| pronounce          = 
| constellation name = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra                 = 
| dec                = 
| z                  = 
| h_radial_v         = 
| gal_v              = 
| dist_ly            = 
| group_cluster      = {{#property:parent body}}
| type               = {{#property:galaxy morphological type}}
| mass               =  
| mass_light_ratio   = 
| stars              = 
| appmag_v           = 
| absmag_v           = 
| size_v             = 
| notes              = 
| names              = 
| references         = 
}}
Infobox galaxy cluster
{{Infobox galaxy cluster
| name                = 
| image               = {{#property:image}}
| caption             = 
| credit              = 
| epoch               = 
| constellation       = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra                  = 
| dec                 = 
| brightest_member    = 
| member_no           = 
| richness            = 
| bmtype              = 
| velocity_dispersion = 
| redshift            = 
| distance            = 
| temperature         = 
| mass                = 
| luminosity          = 
| flux                = 
| other_names         = 
}}
Infobox globular cluster
{{Infobox globular cluster
| name          =
| image         = {{#property:image}}
| caption       =
| credit        =
| epoch         = 
| class         =
| constellation = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra            = 
| dec           = 
| dist_ly       = 
| dist_pc       =
| appmag_v      =
| size_v        =
| mass_msol     =
| mass_kg       =
| radius_ly     =
| v_hb          =
| metal_fe      = 
| age           = 
| notes         =
| names         =
}}
Infobox supercluster
{{Infobox supercluster
| name             = 
| image            = {{#property:image}}
| caption          = 
| credit           = 
| epoch            =
| constellation    = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra               =
| dec              =
| brightest_member = 
| member_no        = 
| major_axis_mpc   =
| minor_axis_mpc   =
| redshift         = 
| distance         =
| mass             =
| luminosity       = 
| flux             = 
| other_names      = 
}}

Templates of body features[edit]

Infobox crater data
{{Infobox crater data
|name       =
|titlecolor =
|image      = {{#property:image}}
|caption    =
|latitude   =
|N_or_S     =
|longitude  =
|E_or_W     =
|coordinates_footnotes =
|globe      =
|globe_type =
|diameter   =
|depth      =
|discoverer = {{#property:discovered by}}
|eponym     = {{#property:named after}}
}}
Infobox feature on Ganymede
{{Infobox feature on Ganymede
|name                  =
|image                 = {{#property:image}}
|caption               =
|type                  =
|latitude              =
|N_or_S                =
|longitude             =
|E_or_W                =
|coordinates_footnotes =
|diameter              =
|eponym                = {{#property:named after}}
}}
Infobox magnetosphere
{{Infobox magnetosphere
|background        =
|image             = {{#property:image}}
|caption           =
|name              =
|Magnetic moment   =
|Field strength    =
|tilt              =
|Period            =
|Radius            =
|field_ref         =
|wind_ref          =
|Speed             =
|SDensity          =
|IMF               =
|Bow shock         =
|Magnetopause      =
|Plasma source     =
|Ions              =
|Loading rate      =
|Plasma density    =
|magnetosphere_ref =
|Aurora            =
|Spectrum          =
|Power             =
|Radio emissions   =
|aurora_ref        =
}}

Other templates[edit]

Infobox constellation
{{Infobox constellation
| name                 = 
| abbreviation         = 
| genitive             = 
| pronounce            =
| symbolism            = 
| RA                   = 
| dec                  = 
| quadrant             = 
| areatotal            = 
| arearank             = 
| numbermainstars      = 
| numberbfstars        = 
| numberstarsplanets   = 
| numberbrightstars    = 
| numbernearbystars    = 
| brighteststarname    = 
| starmagnitude        = 
| neareststarname      = 
| stardistance         = 
| numbermessierobjects = 
| meteorshowers        = 
| bordering            = {{#property:shares border with}} (geographical property)
| latmax               = 
| latmin               = 
| month                = 
| notes                = 
}}
Infobox meteor shower
{{Infobox meteor shower
| name               = 
| image              = {{#property:image}}
| caption            = 
| pronounce          = 
| date               = 
| parent             = 
| constellation      = {{#property:constellation}}
| ra                 =
| dec                =
| month              =
| peak               =
| velocity           =
| zhr                =
| notes              = 
}}
Infobox meteorite
{{Infobox meteorite
|Name                      = 
|Alternative names         = 
|Image                     = {{#property:image}}
|Image_caption             = 
|Type                      = 
|Class                     = 
|Clan                      =
|Group                     = 
|Grouplet                  = 
|Subgroup                  = 
|Structural_classification = 
|Parent body               =
|Composition               = 
|Shock                     = 
|Weathering                = 
|Country                   = 
|Region                    = 
|Lat_Long                  = 
|Observed_fall             = 
|Fall_date                 = 
|Found_date                = 
|TKW                       = 
|Strewn_field              = 
|Image2                    = 
|Image2_caption            = 
}}
Infobox observatory
{{Infobox observatory
|name            = 
|background      = 
|image           = {{#property:image}}
|caption         = 
|organization    = 
|code            = {{#property:Minor Planet Center observatory code}}
|location        = 
|coords          = {{#property:coordinate location}} 
|altitude        = 
|weather         = 
|established     = {{#property:start date}}
|closed          = {{#property:end date}}
|website         = 
|telescope1_name = 
|telescope1_type = 
|telescope2_name = 
|telescope2_type = 
|telescope3_name = 
|telescope3_type = 
|telescope4_name = 
|telescope4_type = 
}}
Infobox telescope
{{Infobox telescope
| name         = 
| background   = 
| image        = {{#property:image}}
| caption      = 
| organization = 
| location     = 
| coords       = 
| altitude     = 
| weather      = 
| wavelength   = 
| built        = 
| first_light  = 
| website      = 
| style        = 
| diameter     = 
| diameter2    = 
| diameter3    = 
| angular_resolution = 
| area         = 
| focal_length = 
| mounting     = 
| dome         = 
| commons      = 
}}

References[edit]