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.

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

BAO Activity 2015
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
Offers two methods of matching holes on an SDSS plate with their corresponding astronomical objects to allow for further exploration.

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.

SDSS Locating Objects Online
Describes how to access and use the SDSS plate catalog and the Navigate tool to relate corresponding SDSS plate holes with their astronomical object strictly utilizing the internet.

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

 

Workshop Resources

This is a catalog of resources which may be helpful for coordinating and organizing your own workshop on SDSS plates, such as accompanying documents and example schedules.

Plate Packet Cover Letter
A brief document shipped alongside every SDSS aluminum targeting plate and a matching poster of the image data taken using the plate.

Spectroscopic Plate Certificate.
Official certificate awarded along with an SDSS targeting plate.

Sample Agenda for Plate Workshop (1)
Emphasis on other ability learners.

Sample Agenda for Plate Workshop (2)
Emphasis on interacting with SkyServer.

Sample Agenda for Plate Workshop (3)
Emphasis on Voyages activities.

SDSS Host Institution Agreement