I began the Astro Language project in early 1990s. I don't remember the exact date anymore. One of the inspirations for project was European co-operation between amateur astronomers. I liked to create a tiny piece of useful information for astronomy hobbyists.
In the beginning of the project I had already many friends from different European countries. The bulletin board co-operation and later Internet increased contacts to many amateurs. It is always nice to ask and get contribution. Many people are interested in languages. The credits of this project are in the end of this document.
The dictionary is partial collected by myself. The good base of the project was Josip Kleczer's "Astronomical Dictionary in six Languages (English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Czech)". It is rather oldish, from year 1961, but gave a good beginning for project. Later many words of these six languages are updated by native speakers. I have also used books, magazines and www pages the collect words. I still keep myself more as editor. The conbributor's work is remarkable.
Ten years the project was distributed as a text file in BBSes and Internet FTP servers. Finally in autumn 2002 I got time enough to make a www version of the dictionary. It is now based on SQL database.
The collection of 300 words is not very systematic. There are lots of important terminology and basic words, but many astronomical terms are missing. The dictionary includes some terminology from atmospheric phenomena. In some countries these are very popular amoung amateur astronomers. The constellation part includes all the 88 constellation.
We can't say these 300 words are enough the understand astronomical text. We need perhaps 500-600 words to have of useful dictionary. Maybe in some day I will extend the recent number of the words in the dictionary.
The selected languages are not whatever languages. My criteria are these:
Some special keys
There are some special keys in the dictionary:
Special thanks for the contribution of this project to: