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December 19, 2016 08:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2016-41

Space Telescope Science Institute to Host Data from World's Largest Digital Sky Survey

December 19, 2016: 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 Hawaii 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. The four years of data comprise 3 billion separate sources, including stars, galaxies, and various other objects. The immense collection contains 2 petabytes of data, which is equivalent to one billion selfies, or one hundred times the total content of Wikipedia.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, University of Hawaii, and the Pan-STARRS1 Consortium

Photo Credit: R. Ratkowski