SDSS Image Usage Policy

Any SDSS image on the SDSS Web site may be downloaded, linked to, or otherwise used for non-commercial purposes, provided that you agree to the following conditions:

  • You must maintain the image credits. Unless otherwise stated, images should be credited to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • Your use of the image cannot be construed as an endorsement of any product or service

If the image is to be used on a Web page, we also ask as a courtesy that you provide a link back to our site at

SDSS Images may be used in commercial publications, or for other commercial purposes, only with the explicit approval of the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC). Requests for such use should be directed to the ARC Corporate Office via ARC's Business Manager as follows:

    Alim Patten
    ARC Business Manager
    c/o Department of Astronomy, Box 351580
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA 98195
    Phone: 206-616-0035

Please provide the exact URL of the image you are requesting.

If you have further questions about the appropriate usage of SDSS images, please contact the SDSS helpdesk.