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ToSeek
2010-Jul-20, 03:28 PM
Or "DOOFAAS", for short:

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~gpetitpas/Links/Astroacro.html

Link there for further suggestions. I sent in:

STEREO - Solar-TErrestrial RElations Observatory

(An apt acronym because it consists of twin spacecraft looking at the Sun from different angles to get a 3-D view.)

Drunk Vegan
2010-Jul-20, 03:52 PM
A.C.R.O.N.Y.M:

Administrative
Crony
Reporting,
Oversight
Now
Your
Master

IMO you can tell how hopelessly bloated and bureaucratic an organization has become by counting the number of acronyms it uses in its everyday operations. The Veterans Administration, which I used to work for, was notorious for this.. it wouldn't surprise me if they had an official acronym for my desk chair and file folders.

Tobin Dax
2010-Jul-20, 06:52 PM
MESSENGER really should be on that list. It's so convoluted that it's my favorite acronym to explain.

I am glad that GOODS is on the list. One of the scientists on the GOODS team basically said during a colloquium that there was only on O in the acronym originally, but they were uncomfortable with such a declaration.

ToSeek
2010-Jul-20, 06:54 PM
IMO you can tell how hopelessly bloated and bureaucratic an organization has become by counting the number of acronyms it uses in its everyday operations.

If that were 100% true, NASA would never get anything off the ground. ;)

KaiYeves
2010-Jul-20, 07:27 PM
MESSENGER really should be on that list. It's so convoluted that it's my favorite acronym to explain.

On the other hand, it works mythologically, so I just explain it as that to people, to save time. "Mercury was the messenger god. That's why."

The MARIACHI (Mixed Apparatus for Radar Investigation of Atmospheric Cosmic-rays of High Ionization) project should probably count, too. The creators actually admitted they made it like that because one of them really liked the movie El Mariachi.

Grey
2010-Jul-20, 07:33 PM
Or "DOOFAAS", for short:

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~gpetitpas/Links/Astroacro.html

Link there for further suggestions. I sent in:

STEREO - Solar-TErrestrial RElations Observatory

(An apt acronym because it consists of twin spacecraft looking at the Sun from different angles to get a 3-D view.)I think I should get a special prize for having ToSeeked (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/17028-Dumb-Or-Overly-Forced-Astronomical-Acronyms-Site-%28DOOFAAS%29?p=376120) ToSeek by more than five years.

George
2010-Jul-20, 07:54 PM
I think I should get a special prize for having ToSeeked (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/17028-Dumb-Or-Overly-Forced-Astronomical-Acronyms-Site-%28DOOFAAS%29?p=376120) ToSeek by more than five years. :clap: This is likely a record, or is this a TEST [Test to Evaluate Sanguine ToSeekment]?

Tobin Dax
2010-Jul-20, 09:19 PM
On the other hand, it works mythologically, so I just explain it as that to people, to save time. "Mercury was the messenger god. That's why."

I say that, too, but in a classroom I like to show how much they bent over backwards to create the acronym.

ngc3314
2010-Jul-20, 10:16 PM
I recall once sending an email asking "For AO4, can I assume a good FOC F300W PSF?" (The answer was "yes"). My hat's off to the Swift team for a name that's not an acronym (though I did submit HIPPARCOS for the attempt to make it one - HIgh-Precision PARallax-COllecting Satellite.)

ToSeek
2010-Jul-20, 10:24 PM
MESSENGER really should be on that list. It's so convoluted that it's my favorite acronym to explain.


Emily Lakdawalla said in the Tweet that alerted me to this website that she submitted MESSENGER, PEPSSI, and EPOXI.

ToSeek
2010-Jul-20, 10:25 PM
I think I should get a special prize for having ToSeeked (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/17028-Dumb-Or-Overly-Forced-Astronomical-Acronyms-Site-%28DOOFAAS%29?p=376120) ToSeek by more than five years.

You should. I did search to see if anyone had mentioned it yet, but I searched on "acronyms" and just checked the first page. I didn't realize that the site had been around since forever.

Don Alexander
2010-Jul-21, 12:03 AM
I recall once sending an email asking "For AO4, can I assume a good FOC F300W PSF?" (The answer was "yes").
With the exception of AO4, I understood that immediately... :whistle:

My hat's off to the Swift team for a name that's not an acronym
What? You wish to imply it does not stand for "Satellite With Intelligent Follow-up Tracking"?? :shifty:

And I see GROND (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GROND) is not yet added...

It has always amused me that the PI knew zilch about Tolkien and did not realize what he had there...:razz:

But they have BACODINE! :D

Oh, I got several:

LEGO - Lyman-alpha Emitting Galactic Object ("Galactic Building Block")

DOLoRes - Device Optimized for the Low Resolution (Detector on the TNG telescope on La Palma)

NAHUAL - Near-infrAred High-resolUtion spectrogrAph for pLanet hunting ............ :|

Okay, submitted all of them!

ToSeek
2010-Jul-21, 03:22 AM
With the exception of AO4, I understood that immediately... :whistle:


Announcement of Opportunity 4 would be my guess.

Don Alexander
2010-Jul-21, 12:42 PM
Yet another one...

HOTPANTS - High Order Transform of PSF ANd Template Subtraction

An image subtractiuon software.

Which I now need to learn. :S

Hungry4info
2010-Jul-23, 01:29 PM
There's the TATOOINE (http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.3775) search for circumbinary planets, and STRESS (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010IAUS..264..434S), a transit-search type thing using the STEREO spacecrafts.

pumpkinpie
2010-Jul-23, 01:51 PM
I have a few slightly off topic but still related to astronomy: planetarium associations.

WIMPS: Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota Planetarium Society
(cute, I think)

LIPS: Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium.
(it's new so I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that one.)

KaiYeves
2010-Jul-23, 11:07 PM
Don't forget MACHOS and (the other) WIMPS!