The SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey - I. Introduction and description

N. C. Hambly*, H. T. MacGillivray, M. A. Read, S. B. Tritton, E. B. Thomson, B. D. Kelly, D. H. Morgan, R. E. Smith, S. P. Driver, J. Williamson, Q. A. Parker, M. R S Hawkins, P. M. Williams, A. Lawrence

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    In this, the first in a series of three papers concerning the SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey (SSS), we give an introduction and user guide to the survey programme. We briefly describe other wide-field surveys and compare them with our own. We give examples of the data, and make a comparison of the accuracies of the various image parameters available with those from the other surveys providing similar data; we show that the SSS data base and interface offer advantages over these surveys. Some science applications of the data are also described and some limitations discussed. The series of three papers constitutes a comprehensive description and user guide for the SSS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1279-1294
    Number of pages16
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2001


    • Astronomical data bases
    • General - cosmology
    • General - galaxies
    • Miscellaneous - catalogues - surveys - stars
    • Observations


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