The first data release of the sloan digital sky survey

Kevork Abazajian, Jennifer K. Adelman-McCarthy, Marcel A. Agüeros, Sahar S. Allam, Scott F. Anderson, James Annis, Neta A. Bahcall, Ivan K. Baldry, Steven Bastian, Andreas Berlind, Mariangela Bernardi, Michael R. Blanton, Norman Blythe, John J. Bochanski, William N. Boroski, Howard Brewington, John W. Briggs, J. Brinkmann, Robert J. Brunner, Tamás BudaváriLarry N. Carey, Michael A. Carr, Francisco J. Castander, Kuenley Chiu, Matthew J. Collinge, A. J. Connolly, Kevin R. Covey, István Csabai, Julianne J. Dalcanton, Scott Dodelson, Mamoru Doi, Feng Dong, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Michael L. Evans, Xiaohui Fan, Paul D. Feldman, Douglas P. Finkbeiner, Scott D. Friedman, Joshua A. Frieman, Masataka Fukugita, Roy R. Gal, Bruce Gillespie, Karl Glazebrook, Carlos F. Gonzalez, Jim Gray, Eva K. Grebel, Lauren Grodnicki, James E. Gunn, Vijay K. Gurbani, Patrick B. Hall, Lei Hao, Daniel Harbeck, Frederick H. Harris, Hugh C. Harris, Michael Harvanek, Suzanne L. Hawley, Timothy M. Heckman, J. F. Helmboldt, John S. Hendry, Gregory S. Hennessy, Robert B. Hindsley, David W. Hogg, Donald J. Holmgren, Jon A. Holtzman, Lee Homer, Lam Hui, Shin Ichi Ichikawa, Takashi Ichikawa, John P. Inkmann, Željko Ivezić, Sebastian Jester, David E. Johnston, Beatrice Jordan, Wendell P. Jordan, Anders M. Jorgensen, Mario Jurić, Guinevere Kauffmann, Stephen M. Kent, S. J. Kleinman, G. R. Knapp, Alexei Y. Kniazev, Richard G. Kron, Jurek Krzesiński, Peter Z. Kunszt, Nickolai Kuropatkin, Donald Q. Lamb, Hubert Lampeitl, Bryan E. Laubscher, Brian C. Lee, R. French Leger, Nolan Li, Adam Lidz, Huan Lin, Yeong Shang Loh, Daniel C. Long, Jon Loveday, Robert H. Lupton, Tanu Malik, Bruce Margon, Peregrine M. McGehee, Timothy A. McKay, Avery Meiksin, Gajus A. Miknaitis, Bhasker K. Moorthy, Jeffrey A. Munn, Tara Murphy, Reiko Nakajima, Vijay K. Narayanan, Thomas Nash, Eric H. Neilsen, Heidi Jo Newberg, Peter R. Newman, Robert C. Nichol, Tom Nicinski, Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Atsuko Nitta, Michael Odenkirchen, Sadanori Okamura, Jeremiah P. Ostriker, Russell Owen, Nikhil Padmanabhan, John Peoples, Jeffrey R. Pier, Bartosz Pindor, Adrian C. Pope, Thomas R. Quinn, R. R. Rafikov, Sean N. Raymond, Gordon T. Richards, Michael W. Richmond, Hans Walter Rix, Constance M. Rockosi, Joop Schaye, David J. Schlegel, Donald P. Schneider, Joshua Schroeder, Ryan Scranton, Maki Sekiguchi, Uroš Seljak, Gary Sergey, Branimir Sesar, Erin Sheldon, Kazu Shimasaku, Walter A. Siegmund, Nicole M. Silvestri, Allan J. Sinisgalli, Edwin Sirko, J. Allyn Smith, Vernesa Smolić, Stephanie A. Snedden, Albert Stebbins, Charles Steinhardt, Gregory Stinson, Chris Stoughton, Iskra V. Strateva, Michael A. Strauss, Mark Subba Rao, Alexander S. Szalay, István Szapudi, Paula Szkody, Lidia Tasca, Max Tegmark, Aniruddha R. Thakar, Christy Tremonti, Douglas L. Tucker, Alan Uomoto, Daniel E. vanden Berk, Jan Vandenberg, Michael S. Vogeley, Wolfgang Voges, Nicole P. Vogt, Lucianne M. Walkowicz, David H. Weinberg, Andrew A. West, Simon D M White, Brian C. Wilhite, Beth Willman, Yongzhong Xu, Brian Yanny, Jean Yarger, Naoki Yasuda, Ching Wa Yip, D. R. Yocum, Donald G. York, Nadia L. Zakamska, Idit Zehavi, Wei Zheng, Stefano Zibetti, Daniel B. Zucker

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Abstract

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has validated and made publicly available its First Data Release. This consists of 2099 deg2 of five-band (u, g, r, i, z) imaging data, 186,240 spectra of galaxies, quasars, stars and calibrating blank sky patches selected over 1360 deg2 of this area, and tables of measured parameters from these data. The imaging data go to a depth of r ≈ 22.6 and are photometrically and astrometrically calibrated to 2% rms and 100 mas rms per coordinate, respectively. The spectra cover the range 3800-9200 Å, with a resolution of 1800-2100. This paper describes the characteristics of the data with emphasis on improvements since the release of commissioning data (the SDSS Early Data Release) and serves as a pointer to extensive published and on-line documentation of the survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2081-2086
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume126
Issue number4 1774
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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Keywords

  • Atlases
  • Catalogs
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Abazajian, K., Adelman-McCarthy, J. K., Agüeros, M. A., Allam, S. S., Anderson, S. F., Annis, J., ... Zucker, D. B. (2003). The first data release of the sloan digital sky survey. Astronomical Journal, 126(4 1774), 2081-2086. https://doi.org/10.1086/378165