DR13 Highlights

The SDSS telescope at night
The SDSS telescope at night
Image Credit: Patrick Galume

Data Release 13 (DR13) is the first data release of the fourth phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV). DR13 contains SDSS observations through July 2015.

DR13 includes the following:

  • Optical spectra of galaxies and quasars from the SDSS component Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), as part of the Sloan Extended Quasar, ELG, and LRG Survey (SEQUELS)
  • Newly reduced optical spectra of galaxies from the SDSS component Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS)
  • Newly reduced stellar infrared spectra from the SDSS component Apache Point Observatory Galaxy Evolution Experiment (APOGEE)
  • Updated stellar abundance determinations for additional elements from the SDSS component Apache Point Observatory Galaxy Evolution Experiment (APOGEE)
  • Data cubes from integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopic observations of nearby galaxies from the new component survey Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA)
  • Reprocessed imaging from the SDSS legacy survey

DR13 directly follows DR12. As always, SDSS data releases are cumulative, so DR13 includes all the sky coverage of prior releases. Data Release 12 is still available on this website (DR12), and prior data releases are available from www.sdss3.org (for DR8 through DR10) or classic.sdss.org (for DR1 through DR7).

Working with SDSS Data

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Accessing the Data

Data Release 13 includes five types of data: images, optical spectra (SDSS/SEGUE/BOSS/SEQUELS/eBOSS), infrared spectra (APOGEE), IFU spectra (MaNGA), and catalog data (parameters measured from images and spectra, such as magnitudes and redshifts).

The SDSS offers several different online data access tools, each suited to a particular need:

Website
Purpose
DR13 Science Archive Server
Interactive spectra and image mosaics
DR13 SkyServer
Browser-based access to the Catalog Archive Server (CAS) database, with resources for learning SQL and projects to teach science
CasJobs
Flexible advanced SQL-based interface to the CAS, for all data releases (quick registration required)
DR13 FITS
Direct download access to DR13 FITS data files for experts
Data Model
Details of the Science Archive Server (SAS) directory structure, file formats, and the contents of each file

Past Data Releases

Note that the current best reduction of all previously released data is available within DR13.

About Data Release 13

The links below give more information about various aspects of DR13. The links are also available from the second-level menubar at the top of each page in the DR13 section of this site.

What’s new?
Explains the differences between DR13 and previous data releases.
Scope
Describes what data are available in DR13, including sky coverage, data size, and resolution information.
Datasets
Shows how to get common types of SDSS data, and provides links to all SDSS data access tools. This is the best place to look for a quick start using SDSS data.
Imaging
Explains what imaging data DR13 contains. It also provides details on the SDSS imaging pipeline, the calibration process, and what quantities (including units) are available in imaging catalog data.
Optical Spectra
Explains what data are available from the SDSS’s two optical spectrographs (SDSS-I and BOSS), and provides details on associated data including target flags, redshifts, and classifications.
APOGEE Spectra
Explains what data are available from the SDSS’s APOGEE infrared spectrograph, and provides details on associated data including information on the spectra, targets, radial velocities, and determinations of stellar atmospheric parameters.
MaNGA Spectra
Describes the available data and methods from the new component survey Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA), which uses integral-field spectroscopy to learn about the dynamics and compositions of nearby galaxies.
MARVELS Spectra
Describes the data and methods of the MARVELS component survey, which searched for extrasolar planets around nearby stars.
Algorithms
Lists the principal SDSS data processing algorithms, including target selection, and contains complete details on how the algorithms work. It also includes software for working with SDSS data.
Help
Contains a glossary, Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources to help you get started in using DR13.
Tutorials
Provide step-by-step guides to common research and teaching tasks using SDSS data. This is a good place to look for guidance in doing your science with the SDSS.

Complete details about DR13 are documented on this site and in the Data Release 13 paper (Albareti et al. 2016; preprint | arXiv:1608.02013).

DR13 Coverage Figures

DR13 SEGUE and SDSS Legacy Sky Coverage
DR13 SEGUE and SDSS Legacy Sky Coverage
DR13 BOSS/eBOSS Spectroscopic Footprint</span>
DR13 BOSS/eBOSS Spectroscopic Footprint
A map of APOGEE plates in DR13. Plates are shown as small circles color-coded by number of visits.
APOGEE fields released in DR13, color-coded by number of visits
DR13 MaNGA spectroscopic coverage
DR13 MaNGA spectroscopic coverage
The SDSS telescope at night
The SDSS telescope at night
Image Credit: Patrick Galume