Welcome to the starting point for access to data from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). This page provides a brief summary of the facilities and data products to guide Pan-STARRS archive users. More complete information is provided on linked pages (see below).
Pan-STARRS is a system for wide-field astronomical imaging developed and operated by the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) is the first part of Pan-STARRS to be completed and is the basis for both Data Releases 1 and 2 (DR1 and DR2). The PS1 survey used a 1.8 meter telescope and its 1.4 Gigapixel camera (GPC1; see PS1 GPC1 camera) to image the sky in five broadband filters (g, r, i, z, y). The PS1 Science Consortium funded the operation of the Pan-STARRS1 telescope, situated at Haleakala Observatories near the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, for the purposes of astronomical research. The PS1 consortium is made up of astronomers and engineers from 14 institutions from six countries.
The data from PS1 are archived at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore Maryland, and can be accessed through MAST, the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. Additional support for the PS1 public science archive is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The web site for Pan-STARRS in Hawaii also describes the project.
The current PS1 data release is DR2 (2019 January 28.)
Use the following links to jump right to the MAST PS1 Science Archive interfaces and get started using PS1 data!
See How to retrieve and use PS1 data for more information on these access mechanisms. Note that all of these allow programmatic scripted access, and there are sample Python Jupyter notebook scripts.
See the PS1 DR2 caveats page for more details.
The full data processing procedures and data products that result from them are described in PS1 data processing procedures.
PS1 data products are served in an archive operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore, Maryland.
Want a short, succinct summary of PS1, how it was executed and what kinds of data have been produced? Check out the slide deck below. It is now a few months old, and so details should come from these pages, but it presents a good summary of the project.
You are on the home page of the web pages at STScI created to document and explain PS1 and its data products. This first release of PS1 documentation is intentionally minimal in order to focus on the main issues a potential user of the PS1 dataset will face. Details will be added as time permits and as questions arise from users.
These user information pages for PS1 are intended to be individually focused and broken down into a well-linked tree. They approximate the structure of Wikipedia.
In particular, this structure makes it possible for users to search specifically within the domain of this documentation, reducing false positives significantly. We welcome suggestions and comments that can improve our presentation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
PS1 user information topics
There are five primary informational topics, with links below, that provide further details:
Here is the text for acknowledging PS1 in your publications:
The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys (PS1) and the PS1 public science archive have been made possible through contributions by the Institute for Astronomy, the University of Hawaii, the Pan-STARRS Project Office, the Max-Planck Society and its participating institutes, the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, The Johns Hopkins University, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the Queen's University Belfast, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Incorporated, the National Central University of Taiwan, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. NNX08AR22G issued through the Planetary Science Division of the NASA Science Mission Directorate, the National Science Foundation Grant No. AST-1238877, the University of Maryland, Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
In addition, please cite the following papers describing the instrument, survey, and data analysis as appropriate:
Many individuals contributed to the creation of the Pan-STARRS survey and archive.