I have following statement:

EntityValue["Planet", "VelocityAroundSun", {"Date" -> 
DateObject[{2020, 2, 19}, "Day", "Gregorian", 1.]}]

and get the required output in a form I don't understand, see below. I want to extract the list with velocities from this output into a simple list. How can I do that ?

{("Date" -> 
     DateObject[{2020, 2, 19}, "Day", "Gregorian", 1.])[{Quantity[
     55.9314, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[35.1845, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[30.1244, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[24.0561, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[13.0407, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[9.14217, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[6.57181, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")], 
    Quantity[5.44866, ("Kilometers")/("Seconds")]}]}[3]
  • $\begingroup$ You have incorrect syntax for an EntityProperty qualifier. You should have EntityValue["Planet", EntityProperty["Planet", "VelocityAroundSun", {"Date" -> DateObject[{2020, 2, 19}, "Day", "Gregorian", 1.]}]] $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    Feb 21, 2020 at 22:35

1 Answer 1


You can wrap the property with Dated

EntityValue["Planet", Dated["VelocityAroundSun", Today]]

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or use EntityProperty[...] to specify the dated property:

EntityValue["Planet", EntityProperty["Planet", "VelocityAroundSun", {"Date" -> Today}]]

same result

Property values on a different date:

EntityValue["Planet", Dated["VelocityAroundSun", DatePlus[Today, {1, "Month"}]]]

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Use QuantityMagnitude to get the numbers:

QuantityMagnitude @ EntityValue["Planet", Dated["VelocityAroundSun", Today]]

{125227., 78704.8, 67387.4, 53808.5, 29171.1, 20450.4, 14700.7, 12188.3}

or use QuantityMagnitude as third argument in EntityValue:

EntityValue["Planet", "VelocityAroundSun", QuantityMagnitude]

same result

Use the third argument of EntityValue to get the result as an Association object:

EntityValue["Planet", Dated["VelocityAroundSun", DatePlus[Today, {1, "Month"}]], 

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Note: Why are you getting "a form I don't understand":

The third argument of EntityValue is used as a function that is applied to the result returned:

EntityValue["Planet", "VelocityAroundSun", foo]

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  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Based on comments most simple seems: QuantityMagnitude@ EntityValue["Planet", Dated["VelocityAroundSun", Today]] $\endgroup$
    – Jacq
    Feb 20, 2020 at 11:17

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