DGp.2.09 — The Pan-STARRS 1 Medium Deep Field Variable Star Catalog

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Aug 10th at 6:00 PM until 6:00 PM




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Author(s): Heather Flewelling1

Institution(s): 1. institute for astronomy

We present the first Pan-STARRS 1 Medium Deep Field Variable Star Catalog (PS1-MDF-VSC). The Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) telescope is a 1.8 meter survey telescope with a 1.4 Gigapixel camera, located in Haleakala, Hawaii. The Medium Deep survey, which consists of 10 fields located uniformly across the sky, totalling 70 square degrees, is observed each night, in 2-3 filters per field, with 8 exposures per filter, resulting in 3000-4000 data points per star over a time span of 3.5 years. To find the variables, we select the stars with > 200 detections, between 16th and 21st magnitude. There are approximately 500k stars that fit this criteria, they then go through a lomb-scargle fitting routine to determine periodicity. After a periodicity cut, the ~400 candidates are classified by eye into different types of variable stars. We have identified several hundred variable stars, with periods ranging between a few minutes to a few days, and about half are not previously identified in the literature. We compare our results to the stripe 82 variable catalog, which overlaps part of the sky with the PS1 catalog.