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Astronomy Thesaurus

Funded primarily by the International Astronomical Union, with significant assistance also from the Anglo-Australian Observatory and the University of Sydney. Consists of terms used by professional astronomers in their research. The web version is based entirely on the print version developed in the 1990s.

General information
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Author or Editor: 
Compiled by Robyn M. Shobbrook (AAO) & Robert R. Shobbrook (Syd. Uni.)
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Scope and Usage

English, German, Spanish

Major subjects covered: 

Astronomy, astrophysics


“The main aim in producing this reference work is to try to standardise the terminology in the field of astronomy for the purposes of aiding unambiguous library cataloguing and more precise recall of data from computer databases. The thesaurus is intended for use by astronomy librarians and scientists. Its compilation was originally requested during a meeting of Commission 5 (Documentation) of the International Astronomical Union at the New Delhi General Assembly of the IAU in 1984.”

Vocabulary characteristics
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Vocabulary provider name: 
Australian National University’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics