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LSST: a decade-long movie of the Universe

Jake VanderPlas, NSF post-doctoral fellow at University of Washington, Calvin Physics alumnus

Tuesday, October 22, at 3:45 p.m. in SB110.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is set to change the way we do astronomy.  Beginning near the end of this decade, LSST will repeatedly image the entire southern sky over the course of ten years, using an 8.4-meter-diameter telescope connected to the largest digital camera ever built.  It will record and store 30,000GB of data each night, and result in a digital color movie of the changes occurring in the observable sky. Each night, thousands of automated, categorized, real-time alerts will allow astronomers around the world to quickly follow-up and explore interesting events like supernovae, transiting extrasolar planets, near-earth asteroids, and much more. I'll give an overview of what we expect to learn from LSST: from the time-domain science mentioned above, to deeper questions about cosmology and the composition and nature of the Universe itself.





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