Press Releases

Serving up the Universe on a plate

They may not look like much — just metal disks 80 centimeters (30 inches) across with some etched markings and hundreds of small holes — but round aluminum “plates” like this one from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have been vital to mapping our universe for more than 20 years.

Read More
A three-panel image. The center panel shows a circle over part of the night sky. The left and right panels point to objects in the center panel. Left is an image and a spectrum of a quasar, right is an image and a spectrum of a white dwarf.

Next-gen astronomical survey makes its first observations toward a new understanding of the cosmos

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s fifth generation collected its very first observations of the cosmos at 1:47 a.m. on October 24, 2020. As the world’s first all-sky time-domain spectroscopic survey, SDSS-V will provide groundbreaking insight into the formation and evolution of galaxies — like our own Milky Way — and of the supermassive black holes that lurk at their centers. También en Español

Read More
A three-panel image. The center panel shows a circle over part of the night sky. The left and right panels point to objects in the center panel. Left is an image and a spectrum of a quasar, right is an image and a spectrum of a white dwarf.

La próxima generación de estudios astronómicos realiza sus primeras observaciones para una nueva comprensión del cosmos

La quinta generación del Sloan Digital Sky Survey recogió sus primeras observaciones del cosmos a la 1:47 a.m. del 24 de octubre de 2020. Este innovador estudio del cielo reforzará nuestra comprensión de la formación y evolución de las galaxias – incluyendo nuestra Vía Láctea – y los agujeros negros supermasivos que acechan en sus centros.

Read More