This paper describes the Fourth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), including all survey-quality data taken through 2004 June. The data release includes five-band photometric data for 180 million objects selected over 6670 deg 2 and 673,280 spectra of galaxies, quasars, and stars selected from 4783 deg 2 of those imaging data using the standard SDSS target selection algorithms. These numbers represent a roughly 27% increment over those of the Third Data Release; all the data from previous data releases are included in the present release. The Fourth Data Release also includes an additional 131,840 spectra of objects selected using a variety of alternative algorithms, to address scientific issues ranging from the kinematics of stars in the Milky Way thick disk to populations of faint galaxies and quasars.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series|
|State||Published - Jan 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science