SDSS - Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Program Description: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is one of the most ambitious and influential surveys in the history of astronomy. Over eight years of operations (2000-2008) it obtained deep, multi-color images covering more than a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars. SDSS-III is working to map the Milky Way, search for extrasolar planets, and solve the mystery of dark energy. The project instrument is the Sloan Foundation 2.5-meter Telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. Projects that have leveraged the Sloan Survey database include Galaxy Zoo, a program that recruits volunteer citizen scientists to classify and identify objects within the stored images. The SDDS-III Project has been completed. Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV will operate from 2014-2020. SDDS IV experimental programs will include: APOGEE-2: A stellar survey of the Milky Way; eBOSS: A cosmological survey of quasars and galaxies encompassing the TDSS: a spectroscopic survey of variable sources.and SPIDERS: a survey of X-ray emitting sources from eROSITA.subprograms; and MaNGA: A survey to obtain resolved spectroscopy for 10,000 nearby galaxies.

Year Started: 2008.

Organization Description: The collaboration involves scientists in the U.S, EU, Japan, UK, and China. SDSS-III consists of four surveys executed on the same 2.5m telescope: the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), the Multi-Object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey (MARVELS), and the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration 2 (SEGUE-2). BOSS focuses on mapping the Universe on the largest scales, creating the largest volume three-dimensional map of galaxies ever created. SEGUE-2 and APOGEE focus on the structure and evolution of our own Milky Way galaxy. MARVELS searches very nearby stars for evidence of "exoplanets" surrounding them. The SDSS-III collaboration contains scientists from many international member institutions

Data Description: N/A

Project Type: Data Repository and Analysis

Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences

Budget: 26.2 Million US

Federal Funding: NSF, DOE

Program Data

Location Lat/Lon Coordinates Location Type Data Type Data Generation Single Data Instance Size (TB) Estimated Daily Data Size (GB) Estimated Annual Data Size (PB) Average Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Maximum Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Online Repository Size (PB) Total Repository Size (PB) Delay Tolerance (minutes) Jitter Sensitive? Uses the Cloud?
Apache Point Observatory,NM, United States 32.78,-105.82 Data Repository and Analysis Image Not Specified - -