Definition of Abell in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪbl/


  • 1With following numeral: any of certain galaxy clusters distinguished by their richness (i.e. the number and density of galaxies in their central regions) and listed by Abell in his catalogue.

  • 2Attributive and in the possessive. Designating rich galaxy clusters listed in Abell's catalogue; relating to such clusters. Frequently in "Abell cluster".


1950s; earliest use found in Astrophysical Journal. From the name of George Ogden Abell, U.S. astronomer, who compiled a catalogue of clusters of galaxies, published in 1958.