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 The world's largest and most advanced digital camera has been installed on the Pan-STARRS-1 (PS1) telescope on Haleakala, Maui. Built at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, the gigapixel camera will capture images that will be used to scan the skies for killer asteroids, and to create the most comprehensive catalogue of stars and galaxies ever produced.

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Mauna Kea would be the best place scientifically for a proposed telescope to track potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroids and comets, a Hawaii Institute for Astronomy official said.
If Mauna Kea is chosen over Haleakala, Maui, for the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, known as Pan-STARRS, it would replace the University of Hawaii's 88-inch telescope.

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Astronomers from the Max-Planck-Institutes for Astronomy in Heidelberg and for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching have joined with colleagues world-wide to form a consortium that will exploit a powerful new survey telescope on Haleakala on the island of Maui (Hawaii). This telescope will map repeatedly much of the entire sky, hence creating a high colour-map and the first digital "movie" of the heavens, mapping changes in the sky with time.
The PanSTARRS1 Consortium will use data from the University of Hawaii’s 1.8 metre PS1 telescope to discover billions of new stars, new planets, galaxies and solar system objects, including potential "killer asteroids" that threaten the Earth. It will also produce the most extensive 3-dimensional map of the Universe ever made.

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UK astronomers are to join a search for Earth-threatening asteroids measuring less than 1km (0.6 miles) across.
Researchers from three universities have signed an agreement to use a one of the world's most advanced telescopes - the Pan-Starrs observatory in Hawaii.

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Astronomers from several major research institutions around the world have signed an agreement with astronomers at the University of Hawaii to make use of a revolutionary new survey telescope on Haleakala on the island of Maui.

The PS1 telescope is expected to discover billions of new stars, galaxies and solar system objects, including potential "killer asteroids" that threaten Earth. It will also produce the most detailed three-dimensional map of the Universe ever made.
Over 30 world-renowned scientists and their graduate students have committed themselves to analysing the unprecedented flood of data from PS1 over the next three and half years.

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The University of Hawaii's newest telescope, called PS1, was dedicated on Friday, June 30 in a ceremony on the summit of Haleakala. The telescope is a prototype for the larger Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS, telescope scheduled to start scanning the skies for "killer asteroids" in 2010.



Institute for Astronomy Director Rolf Kudritzki described the dedication of PS1 as "a historic event, since Pan-STARRS is the most important University of Hawaii telescope project in 30 years." PS1 achieved "first light" in late June, when engineers obtained test images of a number of stars.

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The first of four powerful telescopes which will eventually be capable of locating 99 per cent of potentially-threatening near-Earth objects (NEOs) bigger than 300 metres has captured its first test images.

The Hawaii-based PS1 telescope - part of the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) project, atop Hawaii's Haleakala volcano - packs a 1.8 metre mirror, and although it's currently kitted out with a small test camera, this will be upgraded to a 300 megapixel device in September and subsequently to a 1.4bn pixel beast in March 2007.

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A "blessing and dedication ceremony" of the Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope on Halekala is scheduled for June 30th, 2006.


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