AAS 197, January 2001
Session 116. Virtual Observatory: Data, Services, Tools and Software
Display, Thursday, January 11, 2001, 9:30-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[116.06] Accessing, Mining, and Archiving an On-line Database -- The APS Catalog of the POSS I

R. M. Humphreys (University of Minnesota), J. E. Cabanela (St. Cloud State University), J. Kriessler (University of Minnesota)

The APS Catalog of the POSS I is an on-line database of over 100 million stars and galaxies (http://aps.umn.edu). A unique subset of this database with over 218,000 galaxies within 30 degrees of the North Galactic Pole, the MAPS-NGP, is now available at our web site. This diameter--selected catalog (\geq 10 arcsec) is the deepest galaxy catalog constructed over such a large area of the sky (3000 sq. degrees). The MAPS-NGP includes many additional parameters for the galaxy images not available in the APS Catalog.

Working with members of our computer science department, we have developed a morphological classifier for galaxies that divides our galaxy type into three classes -- early, intermediate, and late. We have applied data mining techniques to identify the most useful image parameters for input into a neural network and decision--tree based classifier pipeline.

We are also archiving the APS Catalog for distribution to astronomical data centers including NASA's ADC and SIMBAD at CDS. The extragalactic subset will be integrated into the NASA/IPAC extragalactic database(NED). The MAPS-NGP has already been provided to NED.

The APS is supported by NASA's Applied Information Systems Research Program.

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