History of SDSS
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the Universe ever made, with deep multi-color images of one third of the sky, and spectra for more than three million astronomical objects. The SDSS began regular survey operations in 2000 after a decade of design and construction and has progressed through several phases. Each of these phases has involved multiple surveys with interlocking science goals including surveying galaxies and quasars to measure the Universe, exploring the Milky Way from both hemispheres, mapping the inner workings of thousands of nearby galaxies, and discovering the Universe at all scales. Learn more.
The Future of SDSS
Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the cosmos as she shares her team's work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, imaging millions of stars, black holes and galaxies in unprecedented detail. If we maintain our pace, she says, we can map every large galaxy in the observable universe by 2060. "We've gone from arranging clamshells to general relativity in a few thousand years," she says. "If we hang on 40 more, we can map all the galaxies."
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