Getting to know your plate

These resources relate to the SDSS plates, with activities you can do to engage with and better understand the information contained on them.

Plate Packet Introduction
An explanation of how the SDSS-III BOSS data can be extrapolated into a three-dimensional map of galactic distribution by understanding redshift.

Anatomy of a Plate
Describes the purpose and meaning of each element of an SDSS aluminum targeting plate.

What Have You Got on Your Plate?
Whether you are using your plate in a classroom or planetarium, you will want to know how to find information about the objects on your poster.

SDSS Constellations using a Plate
Entry-level activity using the plate holes to create new constellations based on the brightest objects observed in a plate (aimed at pupils 8-12 years old).

Interactive Distance Display Using a BOSS/eBOSS Plate
Instructions on using your plate to create a 3D classroom display that explores the distances to astronomical objects. (Aimed at pupils aged 11 through 17, but adaptable for all age groups)

BAO Activity
A presentation and classroom activity illustrating how the SDSS-III BOSS and SDSS-IV eBOSS surveys are using measurements of galaxy clustering to test theoretical models of the expansion history of the universe.

SDSS Locating Drill Holes Using a Poster
Offers two methods of matching holes on an SDSS plate with their corresponding astronomical objects to allow for further exploration.

Locating Objects on Your Plate
Finding the drill hole for a given object using X,Y coordinates of the object.

SDSS Plate Carrier Sling
A guide to constructing your own sling in order to simplify the transportation of individual plates.

Make an SDSS CD Spectroscope
Make your own spectroscope using simple household materials and use it to measure the spectra of common light sources.