Universe Awareness (UNAWE) and Space Awareness (SPACE-AWE) are delighted to welcome the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) as a new partner of Space Scoop. Space Scoop is an astronomy news service for kids, covering all the most exciting cosmic events in a language that's easy to understand.
Space Scoop was launched in February 2011 in partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Since then the Space Scoop family has grown to include twelve partners: NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory, Europlanet, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network (LCOGT), the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), ALMA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and SDSS.
The increase in partners has led to a rise in the number of releases that are published on www.spacescop.org, making Space Scoop the biggest and best resource for astronomy news for children, with releases now available in over 28 languages. The new partnership with SDSS will further strengthen Space Scoop.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is a huge project dedicated to mapping as much of Universe as is visible from Earth using a dedicated 2.5-metre optical telescope. SDSS has grown to become one of the most successful surveys in the history of astronomy and has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the Universe ever made, with multi-colour images of one third of the sky and spectra for more than three million astronomical objects. To make it as easy for the public to explore the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database, SDSS Voyages was recently launched at voyages.sdss.org.
Karen Masters, Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for SDSS-IV, tells us, "At SDSS we're delighted to partner with Space Scoop to make our press releases accessible to our youngest audiences across the world. SDSS has a proud history of public data releases, and we are always excited to learn about how our data is used in education, so this partnership is a great way to feedback to that community how SDSS data is used by professional scientists".
You can read the first SDSS Space Scoop here.