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Solar System Science

The SDSS is primarily a one-epoch sky survey, so it does not follow up on Solar System bodies that it sees. Nevertheless, the SDSS DR16 has about 10,000 asteroids, meaning it can help create detailed studies of the characteristics of the Solar System.

The guide below shows how to find asteroids in SDSS data, using SkyServer. The SDSS Moving Object Catalog (link opens in a new window) is a collection of asteroids. The Moving Object Catalog is also available on CasJobs (new window). Contact the helpdesk to get access.

How do I...

  1. Find moving objects consistent with asteroids?

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