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astronomical catalog

(catalog, catalogue)
(lists of observed astronomical bodies and their characteristics)

Astronomical catalogs, i.e., lists of observed phenomena (stars, galaxies, quasars, etc.) are assembled and enlarged for various purposes. Examples:

Recent and current surveys often produce one or more associated catalogs, often using a survey-based designator for its object designators. Catalogs often aim to list certain characteristics of the objects, such as catalogs of photometry or proper motion of stars. In the past, catalogs were published as books, but more recently, online databases are common, sometimes with ongoing updates. Shorter catalogs have been and still are included in published research papers. Some catalogs are designed to be sample data sets, i.e., representations of some particular type of object or source with a particular characteristic. In some cases, the selection is aimed at statistical studies.

Mock catalogs have been produced: artificial catalogs of realistic-but-nonexistent objects, to assist with modeling.

Star catalogs have a long history and are still being created, both in the study of the larger number of stars now observable with modern telescopes, and also for the purposes of navigation and time standards, (e.g., the USNO's NOMAD) and for assisting in aiming telescopes and recording the position of observed objects (e.g., the Guide Star Catalog).

See list of catalogs.

Further reading:

Referenced by pages:
Abell Catalog
Aitken Double Star Catalogue (ADS)
AFGL Four Color Infrared Sky Survey (AFGL)
Arecibo General Catalog (AGC)
Astronomische Gesellschaft Katalog (AGK)
Arp-Madore Catalog of Southern Peculiar Galaxies (AM)
Arecibo Occultation Survey (AO)
Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies (APG)
astronomical survey
ATNF Pulsar Catalogue
Catalog of Azzopardi & Vigneau (AzV)
Barnard Catalog (Barnard)
Basel Open Cluster Catalogue (Basel)
Bayer designation
Bonner Durchmusterung Catalog (BD)
Burnham Double Star Catalogue (BDS)
Berkeley Open Cluster Catalogue (Be)
Bologna Catalog of Globular Clusters (Bol)
Bologna Survey of Radio Sources
Asiago Supernova Catalog (B/SN)
Becker, White, and Edwards Catalog (BWE)
Caldwell Catalog
Cambridge Catalog of Radio Sources (C)
Catalog of Components of Double and Multiple Stars (CCDM)
Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS)
Cederblad Catalog (Ced)
celestial reference frame
Canada-France Redshift Survey (CFRS)
Catalog of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies (CGCG)
Catalog of Infrared Observations (CIO)
Carlsberg Meridian Catalogue (CMC)
Collinder Catalog (Cr)
Catalog of Stellar Identifications (CSI)
Czernik Catalog (Cz)
Dominion Observatory 1420 MHz Source Catalog (DA)
Dominion Observatory 10.03 MHz Source Catalog (DB)
David Dunlap Observatory Catalog (DDO)
Duus-Newell catalog (DN)
Dolidze-Dzimselejsvili Catalogue (DoDz)
double star
double star designation
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
Dunlop Double Star Catalogue (DUN)
Dickel-Wendker-Bieritz Catalog (DWB)
87GB Catalog of Radio Sources (87GB)
ESO/Uppsala Survey of the ESO (B) Atlas
Catalogues of Fundamental Stars
Flamsteed designation
Frank Ross's Catalog (Ross)
fast radio burst (FRB)
Green Bank 6-cm Radio Source Catalog (GB6)
General Catalogue of Stellar Radial Velocities (GCRV)
General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS)
Gliese-Jahreiss Catalog (GJ)
Atlas of Galactic Nebulae (GN)
Galactic O Star Catalog (GOSC)
guide star (GS)
Guide Star Catalog (GSC)
Hamburg/ESO Survey (HE)
Hewitt & Burbidge Catalog (HB87)
Henry Draper Catalog (HD)
Bright Star Catalog (HR)
Index Catalog (IC)
Two Micron Sky Survey (IRC)
IRAC Shallow Survey (ISS)
ITEP-SAI Supernova Light Curve Catalogue
J2000.0 equinox
Kepler Telescope
King Catalog
Lyman-alpha emitter (LAE)
Lynds Catalogue of Bright Nebulae (LBN)
Lynds Catalog of Dark Nebulae (LDN)
Luyten Double Star Survey (LDS)
Luyten Half-second Catalog (LHS)
Lick indices
Luyten Palomar Survey (LP)
Lépine Shara Proper Motion catalog (LSPM)
Luyten Two-Tenths Arcsecond Catalog (LTT)
Magellanic Catalogue of Stars (MACS)
MASH Catalog of Planetary Nebulae
Max Wolf's catalog of stars with proper motion
Morphological Catalogue of Galaxies (MCG)
Melotte Catalog
Messier Catalog (M)
Millennium Galaxy Catalogue (MGC)
Badgerys Creek Interferometer 101MHz Survey (Mills)
mock catalog
MSH Catalog (MSH)
MIT X-ray Burst Source Catalog (MXB)
N 103B
N30 Catalog
New General Catalogue (NGC)
New Catalogue of Suspected Variable Stars (NSV)
Palomar Observatory
Parsamian Nebula Catalog
Palomar-Green Survey (PG)
Principal Galaxies Catalog (PGC)
Palomar-Haro-Luyten Catalog (PHL)
Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (PK)
Parkes Catalog (PKS)
General Catalog of Trigonometric Parallaxes (GCTP)
position angle (PA)
Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS)
PPM Star Catalogue
Polar-ring Catalog (PRC)
proper motion (PM)
rare designator prefixes
Reference Catalogue of Bright Galaxies (RC)
RASS/Green Bank Catalog (RGB)
Radcliffe Observatory Magellanic Clouds Catalogue (RMC)
Shapley-Ames Catalog (SAC)
SAO Star Catalog
Sharpless Catalog (Sh2)
Spectroscopic Properties of Cool Stars (SPOCS)
Stelle Doppie
Strasbourg-ESO Catalog of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (PNG)
Struve Catalogs
submillimeter galaxy designator
SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey (SSS)
survey-based designator
Third Cambridge Catalogue of Radio Sources (3C)
Tokyo Photoelectric Meridian Circle
Two Micron All-sky Survey (2MASS)
USNO CCD Astrograph Catalog (UCAC)
Uppsala General Catalogue (UGC)
UK Schmidt Survey
USNO Twin Astrograph
USS Sources
Virgo Cluster Catalog (VCC)
Van Den Bergh Reflection Nebula Catalog (vdB)
virtual observatory (VO)
Catalogue of Interacting Galaxies (VV)
Washington Double Star Catalog (WDS)
Villanova White Dwarf Catalog
XZ Catalog of Zodiacal Stars (XZ)