(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

The Pan-STARRS1 observatory, after three years of observing all of the sky it’s capable of seeing from its perch in Hawaii, has just made public the results from the largest digital sky survey in history.

The data is publicly available today, but what it means for science is unprecedented.

Every time a professional astronomer makes an observation, they have to calibrate their data. They need to know what they’re looking at in some standardized way. According to Ken Chambers, the director of the Pan-STARRS observatory, every ground-based observatory will use these images and catalogs for their day-to-day observations. …

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Pan-STARRS1 Observatory


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