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DR2 live across Australia now | 27 Feb 2019

The SkyMapper Team is pleased to announce that Data Release 2 (DR2) of the Southern Survey is now available to all Australia-based users. It is deeper, wider and more accurate than DR1. DR2 improves on DR1 notably by 

  • Adding Main Survey images; some areas are now complete to 21 mag instead of 18 mag
  • Nearly hemispheric coverage with deep i/z-band images
  • Greater coverage of the Galactic plane
  • Greater homogeneity of photometric calibration using Gaia DR2 as primary reference
  • Improved photometric precision (internal reproducibility 0.01 mag in uv, 0.007 mag in griz)
  • Improved PSF magnitudes for stars with neighbours ...
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ASVO User Preferences Survey extended | 19 Feb 2019

SkyMapper is a member of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) project, which aims to federate astronomical datasets from the Australian astronomical community.

In order to provide more guidance for ongoing development of ASVO services, the deadline for the ASVO User Preferences Survey 2018 has been extended. You can find the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/0tuSrMoO3nFvRn0k1

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your time and effort will help ensure that the ASVO is best positioned to meet the needs of the Australian astronomical community. If you haven't already completed the survey, we strongly encourage you to do ...

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Message from Santa: DR2 is on its way | 21 Dec 2018

"The heavy load made the sleigh a bit slow", we heard a spokesperson of the reindeers say. "The data were placed under a tree at NCI, but the scientists of Australia will have to wait a little before unwrapping them", the delivery crew added. "We were riding without seatbelts, which made the journey twice as fast", revealed an insider, who prefers to remain unnamed. "Just hours after the delivery the sleigh crashed, wiping all traces of the goodies it carried." After a pause he added, "a day earlier and we would have gone back to the North Pole to wrap it all up ...

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ASVO User Preferences Survey online | 27 Sep 2018

SkyMapper is a member of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) project, which aims to federate astronomical datasets from the Australian astronomical community.

Users of all ASVO nodes (including SkyMapper) are being invited to provide feedback on each node, and the ASVO as a whole, via the ASVO User Preferences Survey 2018: https://goo.gl/forms/0tuSrMoO3nFvRn0k1

The collected responses will inform aspects of the current development and potential future functionality of the ASVO nodes. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your time and effort will help ensure that ASVO is best positioned to meet the needs of ...

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Website improvements released | 13 Jul 2018

We're pleased to announce that significant new functionality has been added to the SkyMapper website. Upgrades include:

  • The Marz spectrum viewer (https://github.com/Samreay/Marz) has been incorporated into the website. This version of Marz allows users to load spectra from URLs, as well as local files on disk.
  • We've added a new Object Viewer, which allows users to search for SkyMapper object IDs, as well as view a summary page for each object. Summary pages contain the core information about the object, a selection of images, and information from cross-matched catalogues.
  • Cone search requests made via the website ...
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