Second data release of the 6dF galaxy survey

D. Heath Jones*, Will Saunders, Michael Read, Matthew Colless

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The 6dF Galaxy Survey is measuring around 150 000 redshifts and 15 000 peculiar velocities from galaxies over the southern sky at |b| > 10°. When complete, it will be the largest survey of its kind by more than an order of magnitude. Here we describe the characteristics of the Second Incremental Data Release and provide an update of the survey. This follows earlier data made public in 2002 December and 2004 March. A total of 83 014 sources now have their spectra, redshifts, and near-infrared and optical photometry available online and searchable through an Structured Query Language database at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmology:large-scale structure of universe
  • Galaxies:statistics, luminosity function


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