We’re starting a new section of Astrobites we’re calling “Glossaries” that are meant to be concise reference pages for a variety of astronomical subjects. We hope that these will be useful resources for anyone who’s ever had to wade through decades of literature just to find definitions to a few terms. You can find links to all of our glossaries in the menu at the top of the page.
The first of these glossaries, on Galaxies and AGN, is now available. This glossary contains brief descriptions of dozens of different types of galaxies, active galactic nuclei (AGN), and the most famous examples of each. I’ve been compiling this list for several months now, making an entry whenever I read a reference in a paper to a term I can’t quire remember. For each entry in the glossary, I’ve included links to papers and websites with more information.
We have lots of ideas for more subjects to compile glossaries for and you can expect to see more in the future! We’ll keep updating each glossary page indefinitely.
Leave a comment to let us know what you think of the addition of reference material to Astrobites and if there’s any subject you’d like to see included.