Monday, January 28, 2019

Inbox Astronomy: World's Largest Digital Sky Survey Issues Biggest Astronomical Data Release Ever

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World's Largest Digital Sky Survey Issues Biggest Astronomical Data Release Ever



Release date: Jan 28, 2019 9:00 AM (EST)

World's Largest Digital Sky Survey Issues Biggest Astronomical Data Release Ever

Data from the world's largest digital sky survey is being publicly released today by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii. Data from the Pan-STARRS1 Surveys will allow anyone to access millions of images and use the database and catalogs containing precision measurements of billions of stars and galaxies. This data release contains over 1.6 petabytes of data (a petabyte is one million gigabytes), making it the largest volume of astronomical information ever released. The survey data resides in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST), which serves as NASA's repository for all of its optical and ultraviolet-light observations.


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