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Pan-STARRSPanoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System
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The system, called Pan-STARRS (for Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System), is being developed at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.
With the Pan-STARRS comet set to have a close encounter with our planet in 2013, the stage is set for enterprising business managers to offer novel means to view the transiting phenomenon.
Predicted to be visible to the naked eye, object comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS is set to make an appearance.
Comets at perihelion Comet Designation Date V LINEAR C/2011 F1 Jan 08 +10 Pan-STARRS C/2011 F4 Mar 10 +1 Lemmon C/2012 F6 Mar 24 +9 Encke 2P Nov 21 +6 Key: Date: Perihelion date, 2013.
Comet Pan-STARRS is due to pass by the planet in March, eight months before ISON's arrival.
The Pan-STARRS sky survey telescope is able to gather detailed images of almost three-quarters of the night sky from its base in Hawaii.
The Pan-STARRS sky survey telescope - known as PS1 - is being used by astronomers at Durham University to enable science to better understand the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, the material that is thought to account for much of the mass of the universe but has never been proven to exist.
Nick Kaiser, a scientist who works on the project, says the Pan-STARRS telescope has been designed to find "90 percent of all killer asteroids, near-Earth asteroids bigger than 300 meters.
The Pan-STARRS - Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System - project will detect one kilometre-diameter asteroids as they head towards the planet and also warn of the approach of smaller rocks down to 300 metres in size.
They will head a UK partnership made up of Queen's University Belfast and the University of Edinburgh, which has joined a select group of US and German institutions to exploit an advanced new telescope, Pan-STARRS on the island of Maui.
Air Force to create an asteroid early-warning system, the $50-million project is dubbed Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System).