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Color Separation of Galaxy Types in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Imaging Data
We study the optical colors of 147,920 galaxies brighter than g* = 21, observed in five bands by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) over ~100 sq. deg. of high Galactic latitude sky along the Celestial Equator. The distribution of galaxies in the g*-r* vs. u*-g* color--color diagram is strongly bimodal, with an optimal color separator of u*-r* = 2.22. We use visual morphology and spectral classification of subsamples of 287 and 500 galaxies respectively, to show that the two peaks corresponddoi:10.1086/323301 fatcat:uhzv2b3ec5hwrog3wn6ffyil5y