The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys - Data Products, Science Highlights, and Lessons Learned

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10 a.m. — 11 a.m. MST

AURA Lecture Hall

NOIRLab South Colloquia
KENNETH (Ken) C. CHAMBERS (Director, PSI System (Pan-STARRS Telescope #1) Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii and NOAO South Visiting Astronomer)

The Pan-STARRS1  System is finishing its final year of the PS1 Science Mission.  The PS1 System includes the PS1 Observatory, Telescope, 1.4 Gigapixel Camera, Image Processing Pipeline , PSPS relational database and several derived science product servers.

The PS1 Surveys include:

(1) A 5-band 3pi Steradian Survey;

(2) A Medium Deep Survey of 10 PS1 footprints spaced around the sky;

(3) A solar system survey optimized for Near Earth Objects;

(4) a Stellar Transit Survey; and (5) a Deep Survey of M31. 

The performance of the PS1 system, sky coverage, cadence, and data quality of the surveys will be presented including plans for serving the data to the community and the public. A summary of scientific highlights to date as well as some lessons learned will be presented. 

The Pan-STARRS Surveys have been made possible by the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa, the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh, the Queen's University Belfast, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,the Los Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Incorporated, National Central University of Taiwan, Space Telescope Science Institute, University of Maryland, Eotvos Lorand University, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.