Astronomy Abbreviations

What is astronomy?

Astronomy is the science that studies all celestial bodies in the Universe.

Celestial bodies are understood as planets, stars, comets, asteroids, nebulae, galaxies, etc.

Professionals who work with astronomy are called astronomers, and they are responsible for analyzing and studying everything related to cosmic space, such as the evolution of space and the observation of all the celestial bodies that are in it, for example.

Since ancient times, human beings have looked at the sky with great curiosity and eagerness to answer all their questions about what exists beyond the Earth and the terrestrial Solar System.

However, concrete answers – with scientific bases and theories – only began to emerge from the so-called Scientific Renaissance, between the 15th and 16th centuries.

Among the leading astronomers of all time, who contributed greatly to astronomy as a science, is the Polish mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, who developed the theory of heliocentrism – the Sun as the center of the Solar System.

Other prominent names are: Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer, responsible for several discoveries within the field of astronomy (such as the rings of Saturn, for example), the most significant being the improvement of telescopes.

Johannes Kepler – German astronomer and mathematician – was also another big name in astronomy. Kepler was immortalized for creating the laws of “celestial mechanics”, known as Kepler’s Laws.

Currently, astronomy is considered a very extensive science, with several specific areas of study, such as Cosmology, Stellar Astronomy, Galactic Astronomy, Extragalactic Astronomy, etc.

People interested in pursuing a career as astronomers must complete a higher education course in Astronomy at a university duly recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education.

Difference between astronomy and astrology

Many people confuse astrology with astronomy, which, despite having some similarities, have completely different definitions and meanings.

While astronomy is consecrated as the science responsible for studying all celestial bodies, astrology is seen as a pseudoscience.

Astrology claims that the heavenly bodies have an influence on people’s lives and personalities.

Anyone who practices astrology is called an astrologer.

Usually, astrology is related to some religious and spiritual doctrines, such as witchcraft, for example.


List of Acronyms Related to Astronomy

AGATE Advanced Gamma-Ray Astronomy Telescope Experiment
AAC Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc
AGAPE Amateur Group for Astronomy Projects at ESO
ARAA Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
ARENA Antarctic Research, a European Network for Astronomy
AAE Association for Astronomy Education
ACURA Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
AURA Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
AST Astronomy
AAAC Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee
ASCOM Astronomy Common Object Model
ADEC Astronomy Data Centers Executive Committee
ADT Astronomy Diagnostic Test
ADIL Astronomy Digital Image Library
AIOM Astronomy Image of the Month
ANPO Astronomy National Public Observatory
APOTD Astronomy Picture of the Day
APOD Astronomy Picture of the Day
ARIES Astronomy Resources for Intercurricular Elementary Science
ATC Astronomy Technology Centre
AUTOMATIC Astronomy Tower
AT Astronomy Tower
BABB Bad Astronomy Bulletin Board
BLASTA Browser for Large Astronomy Archives
CARA California Association for Research in Astronomy
CADC Canadian Astronomy Data Centre
CASA Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy
CAPACITY Chemistry Astronomy and Physics
CAP Chemistry Astronomy and Physics
COBRA Coherent Online Baseband Receiver for Astronomy
CARMA Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy
CRAF Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies
CSAA Committee on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
CAPER Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research
CLEA Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy
DAA Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
DRAO Dominion Radio Astronomy Observatory
EVAC East Valley Astronomy Club
EAAE European Association for Astronomy Education
EGAL European Group of Astronomy Librarians
ERAC European Radio Astronomy Club
ESIC European Space Astronomy Centre
ESAC European Space Astronomy Centre
FAAC Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
GAU Galileo Astronomy Unclub
GAAC Galloway Amateur Astronomy Club
GRA Gamma-Ray Astronomy
GPAD General Physics and Astronomy Department
GEHR Giant Extragalactic HII Regions (astronomy)
GAAC Gloucester Area Astronomy Club
GAIA Graphical Astronomy and Image Analysis Tool
GOAC Greater Ocala Astronomy Club
HEAO High Energy Astronomy Observatory
IRAS Infrared Astronomy Satellite
IDEAS Initiative to Develop Education Through Astronomy and Space
IFA Institute for Astronomy
IA Institute of Astronomy
IOA Institute of Astronomy
IOTA Institute Of Theoretical Astronomy
IAO International Astronomy Olympiad
ICRAR International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
IOAA International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics
IWCA International Workshop on Cometary Astronomy
IYA International Year of Astronomy
JAC Joint Astronomy Centre
JHA Journal for the History of Astronomy
KAPA Katrina Affected Physics and Astronomy
KIAA Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
KVN Korean VLBI Network (astronomy project)
LEAP Learning in Astronomy and Physics
LISA Library and Information Services in Astronomy
LENA Low Energy Neutrino Astronomy
LFRA Low Frequency Radio Astronomy
MPIA Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
MEGA Medium Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy
MIRA Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy
MRAO Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory
NBAR Nadir BRDF Adjusted Reflectance (spectrometer; astronomy)
NAIC National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
NOAO National Optical Astronomy Observatory
NRAO National Radio Astronomy Observatory
NEAF NorthEast Astronomy Forum
NAAA Northern Arizona Astronomy Association
NSFA Numerical Standards for Fundamental Astronomy
ONA Of New Astronomy
OHANA Optical Hawaiian Array for Nanoradian Astronomy
OSA Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy
PACS Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme
PASU Physics and Astronomy Student Union
PMA Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy
PEGA Programs in Extra-Galactic Astronomy
PRAO Puschino Radio Astronomy Observatory
RAC Radio Astronomy Controller
RAE Radio Astronomy Explorer
RAL Radio Astronomy Laboratory
RAS Radio Astronomy Service
RAAP Remote Access Astronomy Project
RSAA Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
SACRIFICE Saguaro Astronomy Club
SAC Saguaro Astronomy Club
SDAA San Diego Astronomy Association
SGRA School of Galactic Radio Astronomy
SOPA School of Physics and Astronomy
SPA School of Physics and Astronomy
SPTN Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy
SAS Small Astronomy Satellite
SASA Small Astronomy Satellite A
SPALS Society for Popular Astronomy Lunar Section
SCAE Southern California Astronomy Exposition
STAAR Space Technology Applications Astronomy & Rocket Research
SOFA Standards of Fundamental Astronomy
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
SWAS Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite
SPICA Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy
TAAA Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
UKATC United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre
VISPA Väisälä Institute for Space Physics and Astronomy
VHEPA Very High Energy Particle Astronomy
WVAC West Valley Astronomy Club
WCAC Western Colorado Astronomy Club
WFAU Wide-Field Astronomy Unit
WCAC Wilderness Center Astronomy Club
WOCS WIYN Consortium) Open Cluster Study (astronomy)
WIAD Women in Astronomy Database
WGAE Working Group on Astronomy Education
XRA X-Ray Astronomy
XAPWG X-Ray Astronomy Program Working Group
YCAA Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics