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“LSST is truly an Internet telescope, which will put terabytes of data each night into the hands of anyone that wants to explore it,” Gates said...
Originally posted by apc
It's not really the entire sky though. Can't see Polaris.
Originally posted by NGC2736
...It seems I've waited my whole life for the things that are now starting to happen.
Pan-STARRS (an acronym for Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System) is a planned astronomical survey that will conduct astrometry and photometry of much of the entire sky on a continuous basis.
Is Pan-STARRS the same as the LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVeY Telescope (LSST)?
No. Pan-STARRS will have a smaller collecting area than the LSST as recommended in the decadal report. However, we expect that it will do much, but not all, of the science proposed for the LSST at something like 20-25% the cost of the larger project.
...PS1 is essentially one quarter of Pan-STARRS...
...PS1 allows us to test all the technology that is being developed for Pan-STARRS, including the telescope design, the cameras and the data reduction software. PS1 will be used to make a full-sky survey that will provide astrometric and photometric calibration data that will be used for the full Pan-STARRS survey.