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SAI Supernova Catalogue

Sternberg Astronomical Institute Supernova Catalogue

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

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.

The current version of SAI Supernova Catalogue presents data on supernovae together with data on their parent galaxies, in the new form, based on RDBMS PostgreSQL.

You can download Catalogue in one of different forms which is best suited to your supernova studies. Also, you can query live version of the Catalogue.

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

The sources of information on supernovae are data from IAU's Transient Name Server (TNS), from Astronomer's Telegram , from The Open Supernova Catalog , and from Latest Supernovae page.

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 images of Digitized Sky Survey and Sloan Digital Sky Survey to determine the most probable parent galaxy.

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

Since May, 2017 on the pages for Professional Query SAI Supernova Catalogue we provide possibilites to find out detailed information on each supernova , to make searches near sky position , to filter data of Catalogue through one or more attributes, i.e., for example, make samples on years, on SN magnitudes, on redshift, and so on , and to search probable host galaxies for supernovae. In the latter case we explain clearly enough our decion about adoption of a galaxy as the host with help of figures, tables, and comments on each supernova, discovered since January, 2015.

In some cases our data were compared with the ones from the Asiago Supernova Catalogue, from Latest Supernovae page, by David Bishop, and from other lists on individual supernova searches projects, but the compilation of our Catalogue is carried out independently.

Since January 2015, as a rule, we include in our Catalogue only supernovae with clear spectroscopic classification to one or other known types. We do not include all discovered transients automatically because they could be other kinds of variable stars, novae, or other variable sources, and they could have other physical properties, cardinally different from the properties of supernovae.

Some main Catalogues and databases, used in our studying:

Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic Database (LEDA)
NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED)
Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
IAU's Transient Name Server (TNS), for Supernovae discovered in 2016 and later
CfA List of Supernovae, for Supernovae discovered prior to January 2016
The Asiago Supernova Catalogue
The Open Supernova Catalog
Latest Supernovae page, by David Bishop, also see the paper
Astronomer's Telegram
General Catalogue of Variable Stars: Version GCVS 5.1


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 (, IAU's Transient Name Server (TNS) (, and CfA List of Supernovae (

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

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