Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

The Pan-STARRS Data-processing System

Magnier, Eugene A.; Chambers, K.C.; Flewelling, H.A.; Hoblitt, J.C.; Huber, M.E.; Price, P.A.; Sweeney, W.E.; Waters, C.Z.; Denneau, L.; Draper, P.W.; Hodapp, K.W.; Jedicke, R.; Kaiser, N.; Kudritzki, R.-P.; Metcalfe, N.; Stubbs, C.W.; Wainscoat, R.J.

The Pan-STARRS Data-processing System Thumbnail


Eugene A. Magnier

K.C. Chambers

H.A. Flewelling

J.C. Hoblitt

M.E. Huber

P.A. Price

W.E. Sweeney

C.Z. Waters

L. Denneau

K.W. Hodapp

R. Jedicke

N. Kaiser

R.-P. Kudritzki

C.W. Stubbs

R.J. Wainscoat


The Pan-STARRS data-processing system is responsible for the steps needed to downloaded, archive, and process all images obtained by the Pan-STARRS telescopes, including real-time detection of transient sources such as supernovae and moving objects including potentially hazardous asteroids. With a nightly data volume of up to 4 TB and an archive of over 4 PB of raw imagery, Pan-STARRS is solidly in the realm of Big Data astronomy. The full data-processing system consists of several subsystems covering the wide range of necessary capabilities. This article describes the Image Processing Pipeline and its connections to both the summit data systems and the outward-facing systems downstream. The latter include the Moving Object Processing System (MOPS) and the public database: the Published Science Products Subsystem.


Magnier, E. A., Chambers, K., Flewelling, H., Hoblitt, J., Huber, M., Price, P., …Wainscoat, R. (2020). The Pan-STARRS Data-processing System. Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 251(1), Article 3.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Nov 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 27, 2020
Journal Astrophysical Journal Supplement
Print ISSN 0067-0049
Electronic ISSN 1538-4365
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 251
Issue 1
Article Number 3


Published Journal Article (1.4 Mb)

Copyright Statement
© 2020. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

You might also like

Downloadable Citations