Before you take off, be sure to check out some of the need-to-know information about the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Many familiar topics such as magnitude take on additional meanings when viewed through the SDSS database. Start here, and visit often if you find yourself confused by a topic or concept. Don’t forget, if you run into an SDSS-specific topic you want to hear more about contact us!
If you are ready for an adventure, try a launch activity. No one who takes off will encounter the same data, so be ready to think and question. Choose a destination for your flight from the list below. Remember, if you want to see this list grow, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Below is just a sample of the Expeditions we have planned for the Voyages website. Try out one of these, and you may find yourself ready and eager to plan your own journey. Sign up to receive notices as we add to this section.
The Sloan Digital Sky Surveys are multinational collaborations. We have chosen a simple star ranking system to denote the general difficulty level of the activity.
One star activities are appropriate for students new to astronomy. Students as young as 12 years old should be able to use these activities successfully.
Two star activities require some background in astronomy or physics to complete. These activities are usually more open-ended and complex. Students 15 years and older are expected to be able to manage these activities.
Three star activities should only be undertaken, if the student is able to work independently or significant pre-teaching is planned. They all require prior knowledge, which is noted at the top of the activity page. Students taking a physics or astronomy course or who are prepared to do independent research will find Expedition-type activities the most interesting.