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Wolfram Knowledge about Star Clusters in Microsoft Excel

Star Cluster entities include the majority of star clusters from the Revised New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue, including members of the Messier Catalog.

A few example entities...

IC 2602
NGC 1917
NGC 2362
NGC 2423
NGC 2546
NGC 3572
NGC 5662
NGC 6087
NGC 6229
NGC 6355
NGC 6374
NGC 6380
NGC 6553
NGC 7243

You can access the following properties for each entity...

  • name
  • alphanumeric name
  • apparent magnitude
  • blue band magnitude
  • average diameter
  • distance from Earth
  • distance from Sun
  • Shapley-Sawyer concentration class
  • heliocentric XYZ coordinates
  • object type
  • radial velocity
  • average radius
  • redshift
  • visual band magnitude
  • wikipedia summary text
  • alternate names
  • IC number
  • NGC number
  • image
  • altitude
  • next transit altitude
  • apparent altitude
  • azimuth
  • azimuth at rise
  • azimuth at set
  • above the horizon
  • constellation
  • daily time above horizon
  • declination
  • next maximum altitude time
  • right ascension
  • next rise
  • next set
  • next transit time
  • + more
  • - less

Note: Wolfram entities represent physical entities as well as mathematical and other scientific concepts. Each entity type has a unique set of properties. Wolfram entity types and properties correspond to "data types" and "fields" in Excel.

How to Use Wolfram Data in Excel

Note: This is now available with a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription.


Highlight data and click the Automatic button

Select cells or columns in a table with the text to convert, then select the Automatic button in the Data Types gallery of the Data tab. Wolfram's natural language understanding will recognize the entities and convert them.


Browse associated data

Select the Insert Data button that appears to browse a list of all available properties. Select one to insert data into your workbook. When you have data in a table, Excel will automatically fill the table for you. Wolfram has hundreds of expertly curated entities in Excel, encompassing the sciences, arts, culture, and more.


Automatically get data

Once converted to an entity, you can use key Excel features to work with data pulled from Wolfram. Sort and Filter data, or create formulas that reference an entity's properties and values.


Browse more information

Selecting the icon of a converted cell opens a card where you can find detailed data from Wolfram. This means you don't need to leave Excel to accomplish your goals.

Compute with Star Cluster data in the Wolfram Language