Object Browser
 About SkyServer
 EDR background
 How To
 - Search
 - Graph
 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

Searching for Data: A Tutorial

Did you know that you can search through SkyServer's database for only the objects you are interested in? For example, you might want to find all the bright blue galaxies for which we have obtained spectra. Looking through all thirteen million objects with the Navigation tool could take weeks. But using the right search, you could find all the bright blue galaxies with spectra in seconds!

If you know how to retrieve the right data, you can ask millions of different questions. Searching SkyServer is an incredibly powerful tool for conducting astronomy research; in fact, many professional astronomers search the data in the same way you can. In this tutorial, you will learn how to search SkyServer to answer many useful astronomical questions. Do the tutorial at your own pace, and use the links to the right to return to points later in the tutorial.

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