Astronomical data - object coordinates

As part of the workshop on astronomical data analysis that I helped organize during Shaastra '15, we introduced participants to celestial coordinates and how to query for object coordinates using sql query on the SDSS sql query page. Here's a handy ipython notebook that runs through the sql query code, show you how the data set queried for looks like and how to load the data and plot it using python. It also gives two different perspectives of the same data set i.e one plot made using the equatorial coordinates and the other made using galactic coordinates.

PS - if you work on the terminal regularly, I suggest you look up what the reverse-i-search is and how it can make your life on the terminal easy!

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