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The Tenth SDSS Data Release (DR10)

DR10 Facts
Imaging sky coverage 14,555 square degrees
Optical galaxy spectra 1,848,851
Optical quasar spectra 308,377
Optical stellar spectra 736,484
Infrared stellar spectra 57,454

Data Release 10 (DR10) offers the latest data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. DR10 is the first release of the spectra from the SDSS-III's Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE), which uses infrared spectroscopy to study tens of thousands of stars in the Milky Way.

DR10 also includes hundreds of thousands of new galaxy and quasar spectra from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), in addition to all imaging and spectra from prior SDSS data releases. The principal changes from DR9 are summarized in the What's New in DR10.


DR10 SDSS/BOSS coverage
DR10 SDSS/BOSS sky coverage
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DR10 APOGEE coverage
DR10 APOGEE sky coverage
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Using DR10

The figures to the right shows the sky coverage of DR10. The top figure shows the sky coverage in imaging and optical spectroscopy; the bottom figure shows the sky coverage in infrared spectroscopy.

The Scope of DR10 provides more detailed information about DR10 sky coverage, and includes a coverage check form that links directly to SDSS imaging and optical spectroscopy data.

The items in the menubar above contain the following information about DR10:

Complete details about DR10 are documented on this site and in the Data Release 10 paper (Ahn et al. 2013, submitted to ApJS and posted at arXiv:1307.7735).

Acknowledging DR10

Publications using SDSS data are required to include the complete official SDSS-III acknowledgment. Data from the SDSS-III public archive may not be used for any commercial publication or other commercial purpose except with explicit approval by the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC). Requests for such use should be directed to the ARC Corporate Office via ARC's Business Manager:

Michael L. Evans
ARC Business Manager
c/o University of Washington, Department of Astronomy
Box 351580
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-685-7857
email: evans -at- astro dot washington dot edu.