Astronomical catalog


An astronomical catalog or catalogue is a list or tabulation of astronomical objects, typically grouped together because they share a common type, morphology, origin, means of detection, or method of discovery. The oldest and largest are star catalogues. Hundreds have been published, including general ones and special ones for such items as infrared stars, variable stars, giant stars, multiple star systems, star clusters, and so forth.

ESO Science Archive has been providing access to data from astronomical catalogs since 1988.[1]

General catalogs for deep space objects or for objects other than stars are also large. Again, there are specialized ones for nebulas, galaxies, X-ray sources, radio sources, quasars and other classes. The same is true for asteroids, comets and other solar system bodies.

Astronomical catalogs such as those for asteroids may be compiled from multiple sources, but most modern catalogs are the result of a particular astronomical survey of some kind. Since the late 20th century catalogs are increasingly often compiled by computers from an automated survey, and published as computer files rather than on paper.

Catalogs of historical importanceEdit

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  3. ^ "Mathematical Treasure: Ptolemy's Almagest | Mathematical Association of America". Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  4. ^ "Observatoire de Paris (Abd-al-Rahman Al Sufi)". Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  5. ^ "Observatoire de Paris (LMC)". Archived from the original on 17 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  6. ^ Truffa, Giancarlo (2002-01-01). "The First Printed Edition of Tycho's 1004 Star Catalogue". Tycho Brahe and Prague: crossroads of European ...
  7. ^ Verbunt, F.; van Gent, R. H. (2010-06-01). "Three editions of the star catalogue of Tycho Brahe. Machine-readable versions and comparison with the modern Hipparcos Catalogue". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 516: A28. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201014002. ISSN 0004-6361.

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