13 Jul 2018
Website improvements released
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 now have the option of returning cross-matched spectrum IDs and cross-matching distances from the 6 degree Field Galaxy Survey (6dFGS) catalogue.
- TAP and cone search queries made via the website now have enhanced user functionality. Depending on the table columns returned, users will be presented with buttons allowing them to request image cutouts at an object's location (🔭), visit the object's Object Viewer page (☄), or view a cross-matched 6dFGS spectrum in Marz (📈)*. These buttons will be automatically added to TAP query results where the necessary columns are detected; cone search queries show the image cutout and object viewer buttons by default, and will display the view spectrum button if the query includes cross-matched spectrum IDs.
- TAP queries made via the website are once again being validated by CDS, checking for both syntactic validity and correct column/table names.
* This functionality is currently de-activated. When activated, we will be able to provide the entire 6dFGS catalogue in a Marz-compliant format.