Education and Public Engagement

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is committed to working towards making the science and engineering results of our surveys accessible to the public. We aim to do this through informal and formal education, citizen science, news and social media. A selection of our Education and Public Engagement activities are described below.

SDSS: data for all

SkyServer hosts all the latest data from SDSS, freely available for all to use. Tools, guides and a variety of suggested projects (from kids to college level) are provided to help new users learn how to use the data.
Explore SkyServer


We run a Science Blog, where you’ll find short descriptions of our scientific research and the latest discoveries from the SDSS. We’d love to see your comments and questions about what you read there!
Explore The SDSS Blog

Connect with Us

Citizen Science with SDSS


Galaxy Zoo launched in 2007 to deal with the 1 million images in the SDSS Main Galaxy Sample. It’s now the most productive citizen science project in existence, and this success spawned a “Zooniverse” of other citizen science projects across all areas of science. Join more than a million members of the Zooniverse to do real science online at the Zooniverse.
Additionally, the Zooteach website includes lesson plans and ideas to use Zooniverse projects (including Galaxy Zoo) in education.
Explore the Zooniverse

SDSS for Educators


Currently under development Voyages is a new interface to the SDSS data especially designed to meet the needs of educators. With special themed sections for short and long activities.
Be a Voyages Beta Tester

Introduction to SDSS

One of the worlds largest astronomical collaborations, the SDSS makes all its data publicly available in annual releases. This includes images of more than a third of the sky and spectra of 5 million stars and galaxies. Watch this video intro to the SDSS from the American Museum of Natural History, and explore the rest of our website to learn more about SDSS.

SDSS Education Group

SDSS does not have a large team of educators, but instead relies on the collaborative efforts of our member scientists and a number of external collaborations for public engagement and outreach and to develop educational content.

The SDSS team has created materials for learners and educators through a number of collaborations and alliances, including:


  • Education and Public Outreach Director: Karen Masters (Portsmouth)
  • Public Information Officer: Jordan Raddick (JHU)
  • Educational Consultant: Kate Meredith

Contact us at

You might be looking for resources linked from the Education page of, or the Education page of

For collaboration members there is also more information on the EPO Pages of the SDSS Wiki.