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ASVO Maintenance Period - 5 Jan 2021, 8am-6pm (AEDT) | 4 Jan 2021

The SkyMapper node of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) will be offline between 8am and 6pm AEDT on 5 January. We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

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Upcoming ASVO Downtime | 24 Nov 2020

The SkyMapper node of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory will be offline from 5pm on 26 November (AEDT) for a period of up to 5 days. This is due to urgent maintenance on the file storage systems at the National Computational Infrastructure.

In particular, we anticipate the image cutout service (including postage stamps displayed in the Object Viewer) will be unavailable during that time. Cone search and catalogue queries may still work, but the full functionality of those services is not certain.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Upcoming SkyMapper ASVO Downtime | 25 Sep 2020

The SkyMapper node of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory will be undergoing maintenance activities on 30 Sep and 1 Oct, and may be offline during that period. This downtime will allow the National Computational Infrastructure to migrate the services to a new cloud system and perform maintenance on the data storage systems.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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DR2 Available to the World | 25 Aug 2020

The SkyMapper Team is pleased to announce that Data Release 2 (DR2) of the Southern Survey is now publicly available to all users around the world. 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 ...
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SkyMapper Back On-Sky! | 7 May 2020

After six weeks of self-isolation, SkyMapper is back to taking images tonight!

 

Thanks to the efforts of the staff at Siding Spring Observatory, SkyMapper and other facilities are starting to resume science operations. We feel fortunate that our fully robotic telescope can continue collecting data for the SkyMapper Southern Survey, and hope that other observatories around the world can soon resume their own operations while safeguarding the wellbeing of their most valuable resource: the people who keep the facilities working at the cutting edge of science.

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