SuperCOSMOS Science Archive (SSA)

The SuperCOSMOS data held in the SSA primarily originate from scans of Palomar and UK Schmidt blue, red and near-IR southern sky surveys. The ESO Schmidt R (de c -17.5) surveys have also been scanned and provide a 1st epoch red measurement. Further details on the surveys, the scanning process and the raw parameters extracted can be found on the further information link. The SSA is housed in a relational database running on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Data are stored in tables which are inter-linked via reference ID numbers. In addition to the astronomical object catalogues these tables also contain information on the plates that were scanned, survey field centre s and calibration coefficients. Most user science queries will only need to access the SOURCE table or to a lesser extent the DETECTION table.

Metadata Access
Creator WFAU, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Publisher WFAU, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Contributor International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA)
Publication Year 2017
OpenAccess true
Contact Mark Holliman <msh(at)>
Resource Type AstroData
Format application/xml
Version Data Release 1
Discipline Astrophysics and Astronomy