A High Resolution Movie of the Night Sky with LSST

Speaker: 
Meredith Rawls (U Washington)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-02-16 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Douglas Scott
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

On a mountaintop in Chile, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is preparing to map the night sky. When its decade-long mission begins in 2022, the LSST will image the entire visible sky every few nights with a 3.2 gigapixel camera. In this talk, I will describe the hardware and software being built to collect, process, and archive an unprecedented volume of astronomical images. Ultimately, LSST will help us better understand dark matter and dark energy, track hazardous asteroids and objects in the remote Solar System, characterize transient sources, and study the formation and structure of the Milky Way.

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