Archive Intro
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 Introduction to SQL
 Form Query User Guide
 Query Limits
 How To
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 1. Introduction
 2. A Simple Query
 3. Common Searches
 4. More Samples
 5. Multiple Tables
 6. Aggregate Fcns.
 7. Group By
 8. Order By
 10. Functions
 11. Conclusion


You've worked hard to get here, but you've done it - you've finished SkyServer's SQL tutorial. You now know enough to search SkyServer's massive database for just the data you need. Happy searching!

Just for fun, here are a few challenge questions. With everything you now know, you should be able to write SQL queries to answer these questions. If you figure them out, E-mail the queries to us, and we just might put them up on these pages!

Challenge 1. What percentage of galaxies have spectral redshifts measured? What percentage have photometric redshifts taken? What are the advantages of using photometric redshift? Try to compare photometric and spectral redshift; how accurate are photometric redshifts?

Challenge 2. What are the limits in ra and dec of stripes 42 and 43, two of the SDSS's diagonal stripes?

Challenge 3. Look at colors and spectra of stars, and find stars consistent with white dwarfs. Create a list of white dwarfs in the SDSS database.

Challenge 4. What are the largest galaxies in the SDSS, in terms of size?
HINT: Look at surface brightness and ellipticity.

Challenge 5. Find all objects with spectra classified as unknown.

Challenge 6. Find the broad absorption line (BAL) quasars in the SDSS database. At what redshifts are most BAL quasars found?

Challenge 7. Find variable stars in the SDSS (stars imaged more than once whose magnitudes changed by more than 0.1 between observations). How variable are the stars?


Enter your SQL query in the text box. The query is limited to 90 seconds and 1,000 rows.