Team CDS

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The CDS is a data centre for reference astronomy data that is integrated into the Strasbourg astronomical observatory. CDS is labelled as a “Research Infrastructure” by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (since 2008).

The CDS is also a “Service National d’Observation” (SNO) defined by the INSU Scientific advisory board, of type AA-ANO–5. The CDS is also a research team of the Strasbourg astronomical observatory.


  • SIMBAD, the reference database for nomenclature and bibliography of astronomical objects (outside the solar system).
  • VizieR, the reference service for astronomical catalogues and tables published in journals.
  • Aladin, interactive sky atlas, image databases and portal to the Virtual Observatory.
  • The CDS X-match service for cross-matching large astronomical catalogues.

The CDS is also one of the major contributors to the development of the international astronomical Virtual Observatory.

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