July 26, 2014

28.02.11: Pan-STARRS Sets a New Record.

The Pan-STARRS camera…not your basic flip-cam!

(Credit: Rob Ratkwoski, copyright PS1SC. All Rights Reserved, Used with permission).

While you were sleeping on the night of January 29th, 2011, astronomers both human and cyber atop Haleakala in Hawaii were on patrol. The telescope was the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), and the quarry was Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs). In one marathon night, astronomers Richard Wainscoat, David Tholen and Marco Micheli of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy bagged 19 confirmed NEAs, the most discovered in a single run. [Read more...]