Using Our Data

SkyServer is brought to you by:
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Funding for the SDSS and SDSS-II has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions (see below), the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, the Max Planck Society, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The SDSS Web site is

The SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) for the Participating Institutions. The Participating Institutions are: the American Museum of Natural History, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, University of Basel, University of Cambridge (Cambridge University), Case Western Reserve University, the University of Chicago, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan Participation Group, the Johns Hopkins University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, the Korean Scientist Group, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), the New Mexico State University, the Ohio State University, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the United States Naval Observatory, and the University of Washington.

Apache Point Observatory, site of the SDSS telescopes, is operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC).

The SDSS Data Releases are the product of efforts by many individuals supported by many institutions. The Johns Hopkins University has had a lead role in the design and implementation of the SDSS database and the associated query tools. The Space Telescope Science Institute has developed some of the web interfaces, coordinated the assembly of user documentation for the Early Data Release. Fermilab has provided key support for the data servers, system testing, and project management.

The Microsoft Bay Area Research Center helped develop the SkyServer and its interface, and Microsoft Research has contributed computing hardware and software for the SkyServer.

The following is an incomplete list of the individuals who have contributed to the SkyServer.
Development: Tom Barclay, Bill Boroski, Karen Brown, Tamas Budavari, Sam Carliles, Gyorgy Fekete, Roy Gal, Jim Gray, Vivek Haridas, Sebastian Jester, Steve Kent, Peter Kunszt, Rich Kron, Steve Landy, Blair Lanier, Nolan Li, Tanu Malik, Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Tim Olson, Wil O'Mullane, Adrian Pope, Jordan Raddick, Asta Roseway, Robert Sparks, Chris Stoughton, Mark SubbaRao, Don Slutz, Alex Szalay, Tamas Szalay, Ani Thakar, Jan Vandenberg, Curtis Wong, Wei Zheng.
Translation: Sadanori Okamura, Naoki Yasuda, Matthias Bartelmann
Testing: Rosa Gonzalez, Kausar Yasmin, Karl Glazebrook, Robert Lupton

SkyServer has partnered with science museums around the country to promote astronomy and astronomy education. Our partner museums are: Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Lederman Science Center at Fermilab, The Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery - The Kid-Powered Museum.