Release Images

Release No.: 2010-08
For Release: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 9:00am

Pan-STARRS Asteroid Hunter and Sky Surveyor Now Fully Operational

Pan-STARRS PS1 Observatory

Pan-STARRS PS1 Observatory just before sunrise on Haleakala, Maui.

Rob Ratkowski

Asteroids that cross Earth's orbit

Asteroids that cross Earth's orbit, like the one shown in this artist's conception, threaten to impact our planet. The new Pan-STARRS observatory offers our first line of defense, surveying huge swaths of the sky every night looking for moving objects.

David A. Aguilar