Drawing Options – Objects With Spectra
Selecting the Objects with spectra check box reveals locations with a red box within the SDSS database that were chosen for special observation using an instrument called a spectrograph.
The SDSS spectrograph produces a graph of the amount of light captured from the object across the electromagnetic spectrum, from ultraviolet to infrared light. Obtaining spectral information about an object requires that light be routed via a fiber optic cable to the spectograph. This is a more expensive and labor-intensive process, so not all objects are chosen for this second type of observation.
Compare the galaxy in the two images below. There are many photometric objects in the field of view compared to the one spectral object shown in the larger image.
Hint: If you are looking for objects with spectra to investigate, zoom out several clicks, find a red box, click, and zoom back in.