All Acronyms

A

A&A
Astronomy & Astrophysics
ACS
Advanced Camera for Surveys
ADS
Astrophysics Data System
AGB
Asymptotic giant branch
AGN
Active galactic nucleus
AO
Adaptive optics
APOD
Astronomy Picture of the Day
AU
Astronomical unit

B

BBN
Big Bang nucleosynthesis
BCD
Blue compact dwarf
BCG
Brightest cluster galaxy
BD
Brown Dwarf
BH
Black Hole

C

CCD
Charge-coupled device
CCM
Climate chemistry model
CDM
Cold dark matter
CFD
Computational fluid dynamics
CMB
Cosmic microwave background
CMD
Color–magnitude diagram
CNB
Cosmic neutrino background
CNO
Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen

D

DM
Dark matter
DMH
Dark matter halo
DOOFAAS
Dumb Or Overly Forced Astronomical Acronyms Site
DPU
Data processing unit
DR2
Data Release 2

E

EoR
Epoch of Reonization
EOS
Equation of state
ESA
European Space Agency
EW
Equivalent width

F

FDF
FORS Deep Field
FITS
Flexible Image Transport System
FLI
Fast Lyapunov indicator
FLI
Fraction of lunar illumination
FWHM
Full width at half maximum

G

GMC
Giant molecular cloud
GRB
Gamma-ray burst
GTO
Guaranteed Time Observations
GUT
Grand Unified Theory

H

HARPS
High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher
HD
Henry Draper Catalogue
HDF
Hubble Deep Field
HDU
Header Data Unit
HMF
Halo mass function
HRD
Hertzsprung–Russell diagram
HST
Hubble Space Telescope
HZ
Habitable zone

I

IAU
International Astronomical Union
ICM
Intracluster medium
IFU
Integral field units
IGM
Intergalactic Medium
IMF
Initial mass function
ISM
Interstellar medium

J

JD
Julian day
JPL
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JWST
James Webb Space Telescope

K

KBO
Kuiper belt object

L

Laser
Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
LEO
Low Earth orbit
LIRG
Luminous infrared galaxy
LMC
Large Magellanic Cloud
LSBG
Low surface brightness galaxy

M

MACHO
Massive astrophysical compact halo object
Maser
Microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
MHD
Magnetohydrodynamics
MMR
Mean-motion resonance
MMSN
Minimum Mass Solar Nebula
MNRAS
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
MOND
Modified Newtonian dynamics
MOSFIRE
Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration
MPC
Minor Planet Center
MUSE
Multi-unit spectroscopic explorer

N

NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NED
NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database
NFW
Navarro–Frenk–White
NOAO
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

O

OC
Open cluster
ODE
Ordinary differential equation
OLBI
Optical Long Baseline Interferometry
OPC
Observing Programmes Committee

P

PDE
Partial differential equation
PN
Planetary nebula
PPN
Protoplanetary nebula
PSF
Point spread function
PWV
Precipitable water vapor

Q

QG
Quiescent galaxies
QSO
Quasi-stellar object

R

RC
Rotation curve
RGB
Red-giant branch
RHD
Radiation Hydrodynamics
RV
Radial velocity

S

SED
Spectral energy distribution
SETI
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence
SFG
Star forming galaxies
SFR
Star formation rate
SFRD
Star formation rate density
SIMBAD
Set of Identifications, Measurements and Bibliography for Astronomical Data
SMBH
Supermassive black hole
SMC
Small Magellanic Cloud
SMHM
Stellar mass – Halo mass
SN
Supernova
SNR
Supernova remnant
SPH
Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics
SR
Secular resonance

s

sSFR
Specific star formation rate

T

TESS
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
TFR
Tully–Fisher relation
TNO
Trans-Neptunian object
TOE
Theory of everything

U

ULX
Ultraluminous X-ray source
URC
Universal Rotation Curve
UV
Ultraviolet

V

VLT
Very Large Telescope

W

WFC3
Wide Field Camera 3
WFIRST
Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope
WFS
Wavefront sensor
WHDF
William Herschel Deep Field
WIMP
Weakly interacting massive particles

Y

YSO
Young stellar object

Z

ZAMS
Zero Age Main Sequence

Λ

ΛCDM
Lambda cold dark matter