Mission Overview

Map of Observations

Pan-STARRS observations

Wavelength Coverage

Pan-STARRS wavelength coverage plot

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 Data Release 1 (DR1).  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 typical seeing at the site was 1 arcsecond during the survey. 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.

Active From

June 3, 2009 - February 25, 2015


0.25" per pixel


  • Imaging
  • Time Series Observations


Search Tools

MAST Portal

Search multiple missions using target names or coordinates.

Pan-STARRS Catalog Search

Search the Pan-STARRS catalogs.

PS1 CasJobs

Perform SQL queries on MAST catalogs and tables.

Pan-STARRS-1 Image Access

Make cutouts from Pan-STARRS images.

VO Services

Search the Pan-STARRS catalogs.

TAP Query Driver

Documentation for Table Access Protocol (TAP).

Featured Data Products

Stack Images: Co-added images for each filter combining the multiple exposures taken during the survey.

Single Epoch (Warp) Images: Geometrically corrected, calibrated images for each individual survey exposure.

Stack Photometry: Catalog of deeper measurements made from the stack images.

Mean Object Photometry: Catalog with average measurements that combine results from each single-epoch image.

Single Epoch (Detection) Photometry: Catalog with independent measurements for each exposure, used to study variability.

Forced Photometry: Catalog with measurements from each exposure for every stack detection, used to study variability and transients.

Pan-STARRS Images

Compressed View of Entire Sky

Telescope at Sunrise

Pan-STARRS Coverage Plot

Supplemental Links