Controlling Axes#

Changing Axis Units#

WCSAxes also allows users to change the units of the axes of an image. In the example in Slicing Multidimensional Data, the x axis represents velocity in m/s. We can change the unit to an equivalent one by:

import astropy.units as u
ax.coords[2].set_major_formatter('x.x') # Otherwise values round to the nearest whole number
ax.coords[2].set_format_unit( / u.s)

(png, svg, pdf)


Disabling Automatic Labelling#

By default WCSAxes adds labels to the axes to indicate what world coordinate is being represented on that axis, and what unit is being used to display it. If you want to disable this behavior you can either set an explicit label for that axis with set_axislabel or you can disable the feature per coordinate with:

ax = plt.subplot(projection=wcs)  # doctest: +SKIP
ax.coords[0].set_auto_axislabel(False)  # doctest: +SKIP

Changing Axis Directions#

Sometimes astronomy FITS files don’t follow the convention of having the longitude increase to the left, so we want to flip an axis so that it goes in the opposite direction. To do this on our example image:


(png, svg, pdf)