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Published March 2008 | public
Journal Article

The Palomar-Quest digital synoptic sky survey


We describe briefly the Palomar-Quest (PQ) digital synoptic sky survey, including its parameters, data processing, status, and plans. Exploration of the time domain is now the central scientific and technological focus of the survey. To this end, we have developed a real-time pipeline for detection of transient sources.We describe some of the early results, and lessons learned which may be useful for other, similar projects, and time-domain astronomy in general. Finally, we discuss some issues and challenges posed by the real-time analysis and scientific exploitation of massive data streams from modern synoptic sky surveys.

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© 2008 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH&Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Received 2007 Sep 4, accepted 2007 Nov 25; Published online 2008 Feb 25. We thank many collaborators who have made essential contributions to the survey, and the staff of Palomar Observatory for their tireless efforts during the survey operations. This work was supported in part by the NSF grants AST-0407448, AST-0326524, and CNS-0540369, by the Ajax Foundation, and other private donors. SGD acknowledges a stimulating atmosphere of the Aspen Center for Physics. Finally, we thank the workshop organizers for an excellent and productive meeting.

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