Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects
(Last update: 18-Nov-2013)

Designations of astronomical objects are often confusing. Astronomical designations (also called Object Identifiers) have been collected and published by Lortet and collaborators in Dictionaries of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects outside the solar system (Biblio). This Info service is the electronic look-up version of the Dictionary which is updated on a regular basis; it provides full references and usages about 21466 different acronyms.

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How to refer to a source or designate a new one is a short document from the Task Group on Astronomical Designations of IAU Commission 5 which provides basic advices in this topic. A more extensive Specifications concerning designations for astronomical radiation sources outside the solar system document gives more complete definitions and examples.

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