This post is trilingual. It is originally written by Anne-Marie Weijmans in English and translated by Zheng Zheng (to Chinese) and Andres Meza (to Spanish).
This weekend, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is celebrating its thirteenth public data release, or lucky DR13!
Data releases are an important part of the SDSS. All the data that are observed by the Sloan Telescope for the various surveys that are part of SDSS, get reduced and processed, and eventually are made publicly available. This means that everyone with access to the internet can download the data, use it for their research or teaching, or simply look at all the images and spectra that are available. You just have to go to the SDSS website, and you can start exploring the data for yourself!
So, what does DR13 have in store for you? Apart from including all the data that was released in previous data releases, there is also lots of new data:
DR13 is the first data release for the MaNGA survey! MaNGA stands for Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory, and it studies galaxies with integral-field spectroscopy. This allows us to study chemical elements and motions of stars and ...