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November 2017 Release Highlights

Notice

We are seeking input from people interested in beta testing and providing feedback to the NED team on the latest version of the New User Interface. A list of the new features can be found here. For access instructions, please contact us.

Database Contents

Tabular summaries of NED's current holdings are presented here.

References and Object Pointers

  • 3,474,235 new object links (pointers) to 1,872 new references
  • 150,000,000 2MASS Point Source Catalog sources from The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) (Skrutskie, M. F. et al. 2006AJ....131.1163S)

    Fundamental parameters for 471 million sources in the 2MASS Point Source Catalog (PSC) are being integrated into NED using an updated data ingestion and cross-matching pipeline. This release contains the results of cross-matching 150 million sources (32% of the entire catalog) that are located at declination south of -37 degrees. Among these 2MASS PSC sources, 92% are new objects to NED, and 8% have new cross-identifications with prior NED objects, including the fusion of their photometric data into object SEDs. Cross-matching and data fusion for the rest of the catalog is in progress in the Production database, and will be available in a NED update in early 2018.

Cross-IDs

Redshift-Independent Distances

Photometry

585 new photometric data points integrated into SEDs, including:
  • VIS : VLT fluxes from Metallicity evolution, metallicity gradients, and gas fractions at z ~ 3.4 (Troncoso, P. et al. 2014A&A...563A..58T)
  • RADIO : ATCA fluxes from A Deep Chandra ACIS Survey of M83 (Long, Knox et al. 2014ApJS..212...21L)
  • SUBMM : Planck and Herschel fluxes from The Herschel Virgo Cluster Survey. XV. Planck submillimetre sources in the Virgo Cluster(Baes M. et al. 2014MNRAS.437.3063K)
  • XRAY : Fermi fluxes from Why are some BL Lacertaes detected by Fermi, but others not? (Wu, Zhongzu et al. 2014A&A...562A..64W)

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June-July 2017 Release Highlights

Notice

Some objects that were assigned a SDSS-DR13 spectroscopic redshift as the highest-ranked ("preferred") value in the 2017 June NED release were later found to be inconsistent with previously established redshifts in NED. In the July 20 NED update, the preferred redshift for such objects have been returned to the values assigned prior to June 28, 2017. If you used redshifts or information derived from redshifts between June 29 and July 20, 2017, we encourage you to access NED again for the latest updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It is important to note that as the volume, rate, and complexity of data flowing into NED grow, the team is continuously refining and vetting the results of rule-based algorithms that assign ranks and select "preferred" values of fundamental measurements such as the positions and redshifts that appear by default in object search results. Therefore, the highest ranked values will continue to change over time as new data are merged into the database and ranking criteria become more sophisticated via scientific vetting. Also, we encourage users interested in comparing the uncertainties, measurement methods and other metadata, or investigating potential physical differences among the individual measurements available from various survey catalogs and publications, to inspect the detailed data frames available in NED.

Database Contents

Tabular summaries of NED's current holdings are presented here.

Redshifts

Photometry

3,231 new photometric data points integrated into SEDs, including:
  • RADIO : VLA fluxes from X-ray emission from star-forming galaxies - III. Calibration of the LX-SFR relation up to redshift z ~ 1.3 (Mineo, S. et al. 2014MNRAS.437.1698M)
  • VIS : VLT magnitudes from On the connection between the intergalactic medium and galaxies: the H I-galaxy cross-correlation at z <~ 1 (Tejos, Nicolas et al. 2014MNRAS.437.2017T)
  • XRAY : Chandra fluxes from First X-ray observations of low-power compact steep spectrum sources (Kunert-Bajraszewska, M. et al. 2014MNRAS.437.3063K)

Images

  • 44 images from Powerful Activity in the Bright Ages. I. A Visible/IR Survey of High Redshift 3C Radio Galaxies and Quasars (Hilbert et al. 2016ApJS..225...12H)

Spectra

  • 81,001 spectra from The WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey: survey design and first data release (Drinkwater et al. 2010MNRAS.401.1429D)
  • 64 spectra from Optical Spectra of a Complete Sample of Radio Sources. I. The Spectra (Lawrence et al. 1996ApJS..107..541L)

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May 2017 Release Highlights

Database Contents

Tabular and graphical summaries of NED's current holdings are presented here.

References and Object Pointers

  • Over 650,000 new objects with spectroscopic redshifts from the SDSS DR13 Optical Spectra Catalog ( 2016SDSSD.C...0000: ); see also http://www.sdss.org/dr13/spectro/ .
  • 354,866 new object links (pointers) to 854 new references including:
  •     327,106 WINGS sources from OmegaWINGS: OmegaCAM-VST observations of WINGS galaxy clusters (Gullieuszik, M. et al. 2015A&A...581A..41G )

Cross-IDs


March 2017 Release Highlights

Database Contents

Tabular and graphical summaries of NED's current holdings are presented here.

New Interface

Progress and status of our next generation interface are posted here.

References and Object Pointers

2,211,822 new object links (pointers) to 1,562 new references including:
  • 137,796 Infrared sources (S-CANDELS) from S-CANDELS: The Spitzer-Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Deep Extragalactic Survey. Survey Design, Photometry, and Deep IRAC Source Counts (Ashby, M.L.N. et al. 2015ApJS..218...33A )
  • 59,192 Radio sources from the Nature and evolution of powerful radio galaxies at z ~ 1 and their link with the quasar luminosity function (van Velzen, S. et al. 2015MNRAS.446.2985V )
  • 23,347 Swift AGNs (SACS) and clusters of galaxies (SWCL) from The SWIFT AGN and Cluster Survey. (Dai, X. et al. 2015ApJS..218....8D )
  • 581,945 galaxies from The connection between galaxy structure and quenching efficiency (Omand, C. et al. 2014MNRAS.440..843O )
  • 184,834 quasars from The second release of the Large Quasar Astrometric Catalog (LQAC-2) (Souchay, J. et al. 2012A&A...537A..99S )
  • 18,093 Star clusters from A comprehensive HST BVI catalogue of star clusters in five Hickson compact groups of galaxies (Fedotov, K. et al. 2015MNRAS.449.2937F )

Cross-IDs and New Objects

  • 351,184 sources from the literature cross-identified with NED objects
  • 138,219 new NED objects

Redshifts

  • 186,940 additional redshifts
  • 7,496 more objects with redshifts

Photometry

19,668 new photometric data points integrated into SEDs, including:
  • XRAY : 0.3-10 keV fluxes from An Environmental Study of the Ultraluminous X-Ray Source Population in Early-type Galaxies (Plotkin, Richard. M. et al. 2014ApJ...780....6P)
  • VIS and NIR : HST, VLT, and Spitzer fluxes from Tracing the Mass Growth and Star Formation Rate Evolution of Massive Galaxies from z ~ 6 to z ~ 1 in the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (Lundgren, Britt F. et al. 2014ApJ...780...34L)
  • SUBMM : Herschel fluxes from HerMES: Candidate High-redshift Galaxies Discovered with Herschel/SPIRE (Dowell, C. Darren et al. 2014ApJ...780...75D)

Images

  • 90 images from Maps of the Magellanic Clouds from Combined South Pole Telescope and PLANCK Data (Crawford et al. 2016ApJS..227...23C)
  • 14 images from On the Classification of UGC 1382 as a Giant Low Surface Brightness Galaxy (Hagen et al. 2016ApJ...826..210H)
  • 214 images from The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Early Data Release (Allen et al. 2015MNRAS.446.1567A)
  • 65 images from Investigations of dust heating in M81, M83 and NGC 2403 with the Herschel Space Observatory (Bendo et al. 2012MNRAS.419.1833B)

Spectra

  • 4041 spectra from Update on H I data collection from Green Bank, Parkes and Arecibo telescopes for the Cosmic Flows project (Courtois and Brent. 2015MNRAS.447.1531C)
  • 366 spectra from COLD GASS, an IRAM legacy survey of molecular gas in massive galaxies - I. Relations between H_2_, H I, stellar content and structural properties (Saintonge et al. 2011MNRAS.415...32S)
  • 6 spectra from 3-5 micron Spectroscopy of Obscured AGNs in ULIRGs (Sani et al. 2008ApJ...675...96S)

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