Press Releases

Museum visitors touch an SDSS plate as part of Tim Fitzpatrick's interactive exhibit

Serving up the Universe on a plate

They may not look like much — just metal disks 80 centimeters (30 inches) across with some etched markings and hundreds of small holes — but round aluminum “plates” like this one from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have been vital to mapping our universe for more than 20 years.

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The Milky Way does the Wave

In results announced this week at the 237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, scientists from the Sloan Digital Sky survey present the most detailed look yet at the warp of our own Galaxy.

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Untangling the streamers in the Milky Way

Scientists from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Explorer (APOGEE) survey, part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), have presented results that help pinpoint the origin of one of the most recently discovered stellar streams in the Milky Way.

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A map of the entire sky in x-ray false color, with a bright blue-green band across the middle corresponding to the plane of the Milky Way

Our deepest view of the X-ray sky

The eROSITA telescope has provided a new, sharp view of hot and energetic processes across the Universe – a view that the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and similar projects will use to enhance our knowledge of the Universe.

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An illustration of the MaNGA stellar library. A woman gets a book from a library shelf with colorful spectra. Above her is an H-R diagram.

Science in the library

Want to learn everything there is to know about a subject? Go to the library.

Want to learn everything there is to know about stars? Go to the stellar library.

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