The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: The Realm of “Big Data” Astronomy


Open to Public

Type: General Meetings

Held on: Apr 17, 2019 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Apr 17, 2019 (Wed) at 09:00 PM

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A102, Seattle, Washington

Event Coordinator: Rayna C.T. Bauer

We welcome Dr. Travis Rector, professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage who will be speaking with attendees about the The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). 

The monthly general meeting is as always, Open to the Public. Prior to the General Meeting, SAS volunteer staff offer a welcome table from 7:00PM to 7:30PM. New member and guests are invited to ask questions and meet some of the existing members. All attendees are welcome to stop by, have a cookie, and (if available) make a name tag to help everyone get to know you better. The meeting begins at 7:30pm with SAS business, followed by the lecture. 


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will radically change how astronomy is done.  Currently under construction on the mountaintop of Cerro Pachón in Chile, LSST will combine a large-aperture telescope with a giant camera, making it possible to quickly and repeatedly survey the night sky.  Over its 10-year mission, LSST will discover about five million asteroids in our Solar System, locate about seventeen billion stars in the Milky Way, and map out twenty billion galaxies beyond our own.  In all LSST will deliver a 500 petabyte set of images and data products.  Astronomers will use this massive dataset to address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it.  Dr. Travis Rector will describe how LSST will work, outline its four key science goals, as well as give an update on the construction progress as LSST moves towards the start of operations in 2022. 


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