Welcome to SDSS Voyages!

SDSS Voyages is a custom resource for education-focused explorers of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Specifically designed to meet the needs of students and educators, SDSS Voyages provides the pathways and supporting resources needed to enable student-led discovery of a variety of astronomical phenomena using the same data utilized by professional astronomers.

Preflight (Image: astronaut icon)


Activities to develop skills

Launch (Image: rocket icon)


Activities about physics and astronomy

Expeditions (Image: galaxy icon)


Guided investigations


The videos below introduce various parts of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Click the Play button shown on each video to watch.

The SDSS machine lab drills the spectroscopic plates used to observe the universe
A time-lapse video of a night of observing at the Sloan Foundation Telescope in New Mexico
Astronomers plug optical fibers into a plate to be observed
Introduction to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Introducción al Sloan Digital Sky Survey (en español)
Introduction to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in American Sign Language