Proposal for Registering a New Acronym
1. For a designation based on a sequential numbering: sample 102 give in one of the examples the highest number 2. For designations based on coordinates: choose two examples (if possible, both a positive and negative Dec or latitude) and give a brief explanation which includes the actual coordinates of the source to illustrate proper truncation a. For a designation based on J2000 position: sample J195740.55+333827.9 for a source with actual J2000 position:
(truncation rule) b. For a designation based on B1950 position: sample B19572+3348 for a source with actual B1950 position:
(truncation rule) c. For a designation based on galactic coordinates: sample G330.7-00.3 for a source with actual galactic coordinates:
longitude= 330.72°, latitude=–0.36°
Registry of an acronym is especially advantageous for large, on-going surveys where images and source lists may be produced in stages and/or may be published in electronic form before the final printed catalogue. Registering the acronym ensures the availability of a suitable, unique acronym for the survey and that the proposed designation conforms to the IAU recommendations. This would go a long way toward catching and eliminating some potentially confusing and inadvertently non-conforming designations BEFORE they appear in print or in the data archives. Your cooperation is appreciated.