DR13

Other photometric observations (detections)

Due to overlaps in imaging stripes, the SDSS sometimes observes the same object more than once. In such cases, we select one observation as PRIMARY (mode=1). Each astronomical object is assigned a thingID, and each time that "thing" is observed (detected in SDSS imaging), it assigned a separate objID.

Information about each astronomical "thing" is stored in the thingIndex table; thingIndex is a thin coupling table designed only to connect repeat observations. Information about each individual observation (detection) is in the photoObjAll table. (Note that photoObj contains only the primary [mode=1] and secondary [mode=2] observations of each "thing.") The detectionIndex table connects each objID to the thingID it corresponds with.

This detected object and its associated "Thing" (Primary observation)

IAU nameobjidthingidmode description
SDSS J052536.56+010608.61237646588247212555122445945PRIMARY

Other Observations of this "Thing"

objidthingidmodemode description
12376465882472125551224459451PRIMARY
12376467084939755641224459452SECONDARY
12376467514328351481224459452SECONDARY
12376581674503373291224459452SECONDARY
12376664095518228621224459452SECONDARY
12376763050998499791224459452SECONDARY
12376465495894263251224459452SECONDARY