Astronomical Databases

A selection of databases aimed at both the professional and amateur astronomer. Some of these links point to other collections of useful astronomy links.

Research Papers

* ADS Custom Query Form
NASA's Astrophysics Data System - literally millions of astronomy-related abstracts, fully scanned articles, and links to journals.
* e-Print Archive
The latest astronomical research papers posted on the web.
* The New Journal of Physics
A peer-reviewed, electronic journal publishing in all areas of physics.


The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. A collection of data, images and references for extragalactic objects. Utterly indispensable.
* SuperCOSMOS Sky Surveys
Query SuperCOSMOS digitised sky survey plates to obtain images and catalogues. Higher resolution than other digitised sky surveys, and includes colour, variability and proper motion information.
* Small Bodies Data Archive
On-line Asteroid data and services offered by the Small Bodies Node.
* National Space Science Data Centre
NSSDC provides access to a wide variety of data from NASA space flight missions.
* The NRAO VLA Sky Survey
NVSS is a radio continuum survey covering the sky north of -40 degrees declination.
* The Digitised Sky Survey
The Digitized Sky Survey comprises a set of all-sky photographic surveys in E, V, J, R, and N using the Palomar and UK Schmidt telescopes.
* Lyon/Meudon Extragalactic Database
An archive of raw astronomical data and measurements provided by LEDA, through the Lyon Claude-Bernard University.
* NCSA Astronomy Digital Image Library
Astronomical research-quality images available to the astronomical community and the general public.
* Bureau des Longitudes Ephemerides Database
Real time calculation of the position of solar bodies using the official ephemerides calculated at the IMCCE.


* International Astronomy Meetings
A list of forthcoming astronomy meetings compiled by Liz Bryson of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation.
* Standard Planetary Information, Formulae and Constants
A useful page for those wanting technical details on an awful lot of matters.
* The Nearest Stars
A useful list of the nearest stars within 12.5 light-years of the Sun, giving magnitudes, positions and distances.
* Large Telescopes
A comprehensive table of the world's largest current and future optical research telescopes, with links to their own sites.
* AstroWeb: Astronomy on the Internet
Another searchable collection of pointers to astronomy-related information available on the Internet.

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