Pan-STARRS releases data from largest sky survey

Astronomers with the Pan-STARRS program have released a massive catalog of astronomical data collected over the past four years using four telescopesólocated in Hawaii. Published harvestór contains extensive data on more than three billionóin the galaxy.

Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System) is a program designed to continuously observe. Four Hawaiian telescopes with a diameter of 1.8 meters are helping. Telescopes are directed rósimultaneously on the same stretch of sky to minimize interferenceóatmospheric conditions.

A catalog made available by researchersócontains as much as two petabytes of data! It is 2 097 152 gigabytesów. And that’s just the data for the last four years and that’s from observations ¾ heavenly objectóup to 300 light years away. Zbiór includes zarógalaxies as well as individual stars. It also features exoplanets, asteroids and comets.