SDSS-V: Pioneering Panoptic Spectroscopy

The Future is Now: learn more about SDSS-V at our new website!

Image Credit: Juna A. Kollmeier and Hans-Walter Rix

Although SDSS-IV will keep collecting and publishing data through 2021, the operating phase of SDSS-V has begun!

For the latest information about SDSS-V, see the SDSS-V website at

Join us!

SDSS-V, like previous SDSS surveys, will remain committed to making its data publicly available in a format that is helpful to a broad range of users, from beginner students to both amateur and professional astronomers. However, without federal or other large-scale funding, this commitment is not possible without membership contributions from institutional partners. SDSS-V is still actively seeking new members, at both the individual and the institutional level. Our partners benefit from early access to data, participation in the survey planning process, and involvement of their faculty, postdocs, and students in the science collaborative network.

Policies for joining the program can be found in the Joining Document. The general policies for SDSS-V are described on the SDSS-V Collaboration webpage.

To encourage new institutions interested in SDSS-V to join the SDSS science collaboration now, we offer the opportunity for SDSS-V institutions to also join SDSS-IV for a small additional price. For SDSS-V institutions, each SDSS-IV “slot” will be priced at \$25,000, rather than the original price of \$210,000. The cost will scale with the number of slots for larger memberships, in the ordinary fashion defined in the SDSS-IV Principles of Operation. Institutions can take advantage of this incentive to bring their total number of SDSS-IV slots up to but not exceeding their total number of SDSS-V slots. The SDSS-IV portion of the payments will be due upon signing the SDSS-IV MOU, whereas the SDSS-V portion of the payments will be due on a normal schedule or as negotiated with SDSS-V.

Leadership and contact information

SDSS-V is led by Director Juna A. Kollmeier (Carnegie Observatories) and Project Scientist Hans-Walter Rix (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie), with support from their Management Committee and the SDSS-V Advisory Council. Other members of the team working on SDSS-V’s development, as well as the current institutional membership, can be found on the SDSS-V Collaboration webpage.

For more information about SDSS-V, please contact Director Juna Kollmeier or Spokesperson Gail Zasowski (University of Utah).