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Release History for the SuperCOSMOS Science Archive

This page will record the history of SSA releases. Bug fixes, etc, will first be announced on the SSA_Announce email distribution list - contact Mike Read ( to subscribe to that - and then subsequently recorded here.

  • 2013-08-06: bug report:
    • It has been brought to our attention that the Source table is seriously incomplete in a small region near the North Celestial Pole bounded by 220 < RA < 330 and Dec > +86. The Detection table is, however, unaffected by the problem in this region so complete single-passband catalogues in the area can be made by querying that table (note however that proper motions, colour-corrected photometry and the recalibrated galaxy magnitudes are consequently unavailable in the affected area).
  • 2008-07-22: Full SSA placed online. The final, full-blown all-sky version of the SSA is now available. Known features/bugs include:
    • POSS-I E field 1038 at 16 hours, -12 degrees is missing from the SSA so there are no first epoch red parameters in Source or Detection for parts of SSA fields 655, 656, 727 and 728.
  • 2005-10-31: The USNO-B database held in the archive has been found to be corrupted and will remain unavailable until further notice.
  • 2004-12-03: Service switched to new hardware configuration. The databases comprising the original SSA v1.0 (see below) have been redeployed on server with a reconfigured disk subsystem (employing hardware RAID contollers) with the intention of eliminating any unplanned downtime due to disk subsystem instability (the problem has been traced to Ultra320 connectivity problems). The data are identical to those as originally released, but the archive now also includes the catalogue products from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 2 (DR2) along with a cross-neighbour table (as exists for DR1 and the EDR).
  • 2004-04-23: Release of SSA v1.0. This covers the whole southern hemisphere (Dec < +3.0 degrees) in the photographic BJ, R (at two epochs) and I bands: for more details see the Data Overview page. The database includes CrossNeighbour tables (i.e. listings of sources within 10 arcsec of each SSA source) for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Early Data Release (EDR) and Data Release 1 (DR1), as well as the USNO-B1.0 and both the Extended and Point Source Catalogues from the 2 Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The spatial indexing within the v1.0 SSA is implemented using v1.0 of the Hierarchical Triangular Mesh ( HTM) code developed at Johns Hopkins University and implemented in the EDR version of the SDSS SkyServer database.

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