IMAGES: Heavenly Database Unveiled

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Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1971
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1971d

Astronomers last week marked a milestone in their equivalent of the human genome project: the release of the first year's images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a huge 5-year collaboration that's using a telescope to build a three-dimensional map of the entire universe (Science, 25 May, p. 1472). Go to the project's site to see featured images, such as the most distant known object (a quasar), and links to the survey's enormous archive (which includes a cool map-viewing tool called SkyServer).

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