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SDSS Cone Search API

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is a project dedicated to mapping the universe. Over eight years of operations, it has obtained deep, multi-color images covering over a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.

SDSS provides a SOAP API that enables users to perform a cone search of the night sky. A cone search is a (relatively) simple request for astronomical information, retrieving whatever is available for a given position in the sky and a given radius about that position. Users must describe the area of sky on which they want information in terms of RA (right-ascension), DEC (declination), and SR (search radius).

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SDSS Cone Search: Highlights

Summary
Astronomical information retrieval service
Category
Science
Tags
Protocols
SOAP
Data Formats
XML
API home
http://skyserver.sdss.org/vo/dr2cone/sdsscone ... 

SDSS Cone Search: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
 
WSDL
http://skyserver.sdss.org/vo/dr2cone/sdsscone ...

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
 
Developer Key Required
 
Account Required
 
Commercial Licensing
 
Provider
www.sdss.org/  
Managed By
Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)  
Non-Commercial Lic.
 
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
 
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
 
Terms of Service
 

Security

Authentication Model
 
SSL Support
 
Read-only Without Login
 

Support

Vendor API Kits
 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
 
API Forum
 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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