The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys

K. C. Chambers, E. A. Magnier, N. Metcalfe, H. A. Flewelling, M. E. Huber, C. Z. Waters, L. Denneau, P. W. Draper, D. Farrow, D. P. Finkbeiner, C. Holmberg, J. Koppenhoefer, P. A. Price, R. P. Saglia, E. F. Schlafly, S. J. Smartt, W. Sweeney, R. J. Wainscoat, W. S. Burgett, T. GravJ. N. Heasley, K. W. Hodapp, R. Jedicke, N. Kaiser, R.-P. Kudritzki, G. A. Luppino, R. H. Lupton, D. G. Monet, J. S. Morgan, P. M. Onaka, C. W. Stubbs, J. L. Tonry, E. Banados, E. F. Bell, R. Bender, E. J. Bernard, M. T. Botticella, S. Casertano, S. Chastel, W.-P. Chen, X. Chen, S. Cole, N. Deacon, C. Frenk, A. Fitzsimmons, S. Gezari, C. Goessl, T. Goggia, B. Goldman, E. K. Grebel, N. C. Hambly, G. Hasinger, A. F. Heavens, T. M. Heckman, R. Henderson, T. Henning, M. Holman, U. Hopp, W.-H. Ip, S. Isani, C. D. Keyes, A. Koekemoer, R. Kotak, K. S. Long, J. R Lucey, M. Liu, N. F. Martin, B. McLean, E. Morganson, D. N. A. Murphy, M. A. Nieto-Santisteban, P. Norberg, J. A. Peacock, E. A. Pier, M. Postman, N. Primak, C. Rae, A. Rest, A. Riess, A. Riffeser, H. W. Rix, S. Roser, E. Schilbach, A. S. B. Schultz, D. Scolnic, A. Szalay, S. Seitz, B. Shiao, E. Small, K. W. Smith, D. Soderblom, A. N. Taylor, A. R. Thakar, J. Thiel, D. Thilker, Y. Urata, J. Valenti, F. Walter, S. P. Watters, S. Werner, R. White, W. M. Wood-Vasey, R. Wyse

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Pan-STARRS1 has carried out a set of distinct synoptic imaging sky surveys including the $3\pi$ Steradian Survey and the Medium Deep Survey in 5 bands (\grizy). The mean 5$\sigma$ point source limiting sensitivities in the stacked 3$\pi$ Steradian Survey in \grizy are (23.3, 23.2, 23.1, 22.3, 21.4) respectively. The upper bound on the systematic uncertainty in the photometric calibration across the sky is 7-12 millimag depending on the bandpass. The systematic uncertainty of the astrometric calibration using the Gaia frame comes from a comparison of the results with Gaia: the standard deviation of the mean and median residuals ($ \Delta ra, \Delta dec $ ) are (2.3, 1.7) milliarcsec, and (3.1, 4.8) milliarcsec respectively. The Pan-STARRS system and the design of the PS1 surveys is described and an overview of the resulting image and catalog data products and their basic characteristics are described together with a summary of important results. The images, reduced data products, and derived data products from the Pan-STARRS1 surveys are available to the community from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) at STScI.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 01 Dec 2016


  • Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
  • Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
  • Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
  • Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics


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