We have added sky images from latest data release of Sloan Digital Sky Survey – SDSS-III DR8
The release contains all of the imaging data taken by the SDSS imaging camera, now covering 1/3 of the whole sky (over 14,000 square degrees out of 41,253 square degrees of whole sky)
In addition all existing images from previous data releases have been rebuilt with higher quality. The imaging survey contains about a million fields 3 mega pixels each, that totals to 3 Terra pixels of imaging data.
Latest release is available as “SDSS-III DR8″ from “DSS” menu on front page. It also replaces DR7 survey for default “SDSS” survey id in direct link, i.e. http://wikisky.org/?object=M51&img_source=SDSS. Previous DR7 is available using “SDSS7″ survey id: as http://wikisky.org/?object=M51&img_source=SDSS7. We still working on some image defects cleanup. New update will be available shortly.
We’ve received several requests from our users for ability to invert colors of sky map images for printing purpose. You can now find “Negative” checkbox on our snapshot tool page.
Due to constantly growing visitors traffic to our resource and growing amount of data available on sky-map our existing servers reached its capacities and require a serious upgrade. We have opened fundraiser campaign. Please read this page for details. We would appreciate any help. Thank you!