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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Physics with a 10-year Color Movie of 40 Billion Stars and Galaxies
Date: Thursday, February 16th
Time: 1:30 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Keith Bechtol, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Abstract: Steady advances in telescope and camera technology have allowed us to explore the night sky deeper, wider, and faster with each new generation of instruments. The next major experiment in this endeavor is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), now under construction in Chile, with first light scheduled in 2020. LSST will catalog more stars and galaxies than all previous astronomical surveys combined, and will monitor transient, variable, and moving objects over a ten-year period, generating ~10 million alerts each night. In addition to precision cosmological constraints for dark energy, dark matter, neutrino physics, and inflation, the resulting multipurpose dataset will enable discoveries in time-domain, Galactic, and Solar System astronomy. By turning the night sky into a giant publicly-accessible database, LSST will also create new opportunities for education and public outreach.<br><br>
Host: Sridhara Dasu
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