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The purpose of this Gazetteer and Atlas of Astronomy (GAA) is to list, define and illustrate, for the first time, every named (as opposed to merely catalogued) object in the sky within a single reference work for use by the general reader, writers and editors dealing with astronomical themes, and those astronomers concerned with any aspect of astronomical nomenclature. Each part of the GAA will contain: - An introduction to the nomenclature of the body or group of bodies in question - A glossary of terminology used - A gazetteer listing in strict alphanumerical sequence essential information defining the body or feature concerned - An alphanumerically arranged classified index of all the headwords in the gazetteer - An atlas comprising maps and images with coordinate grids and labels identifying features listed in the gazetteer - Appendix material on the IAU nomenclature system and the transcription systems used for non-roman alphabets.
About the Author
Terry Mahoney is an astronomer at the IAC's Scientific Editorial Service, where he works as a scientific editor revising and formatting research articles for the astronomical press. He is Astronomy Adviser to the Oxford English Dictionary and a member of the editorial staff of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. His main research is in galactic structure, but he has a keen interest in the history of astronomy, chairing the IAU Johannes Kepler Working Group and co-chairing the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Kepler Task Group. He is a member of the Astronomy Communication Journal Working Group and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.