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SAI Supernova Catalog

Sternberg Astronomical Institute Supernova Catalogue

D.Yu.Tsvetkov, N.N.Pavlyuk, O.S.Bartunov, Yu.P.Pskovskii

Supernova studies are one of the key problems of modern astrophysics. The number of supernova discoveries is constantly increasing, and the collection and systematization of the data becomes more important and necessary for different studies of these objects.

Initially SAI Supernova Catalogue was presented in the form of filebased system. In the beginning of 2006 we developed new version of the Catalogue (details), based on RDBMS PostgreSQL.

The current version of SAI Supernova Catalogue presents data on supernovae together with data on their parent galaxies. You can download Catalogue in one of different forms which is best suited to your supernova studies. Also, you can Search live version of the Catalogue.

The Supernova Catalogue is updated regularly, version information is available from download page.

The main source of data for supernovae are the IAU Circulars. If these data are refined or modified in subsequent publications, the Catalogue is correspondingly updated.

The identification of parent galaxies, which is simple and unambiguous for bright nearby objects, becomes more difficult as the number of faint distant supernovae is growing. Besides, the difficulties arise when supernova was discovered in multiple system of galaxies or in a peculiar galaxy. That is why for every supernova its neighborhood was investigated on the Digitized Sky Survey to determine the most probable parent galaxy. The multiplicity of the parent galaxy is marked in the description of galaxy type.

The main source of data for the galaxies was LEDA database. For more faint galaxies data from LEDA, NED, and SDSS were used.

In some cases our data were compared with the ones from the Asiago Supernova Catalogue and from List of Supernovae at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, but the compilation of our Catalogue is carried out independently.

Catalogues and databases:

Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic Database (LEDA)
NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED)
Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
CfA List of Supernovae
The Asiago Supernova Catalogue
The Asiago Supernova Catalogue


This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

We acknowledge the work of astronomers supporting the LEDA database (, the Asiago Supernova Catalogue (, The STScI Digitized Sky Survey (, and CfA List of Supernovae (

We used IAU Circulars, presented by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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