The Universe: The Motion Picture

Space news (March 27, 2016) – 

The inside of the dome and the night sky provide a backdrop for this artist's conception of a close-up view of the telescope. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees. Credit: Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
The inside of the dome and the night sky provide a backdrop for this artist’s conception of a close-up view of the telescope. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

High up on a wind-swept Cerro Pachon ridge in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in north-central Chile construction on site facilities for a new breed of telescope started in July 2014. Called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the next-generation telescopic system being constructed will take more than 800 panoramic images each night during a ten-year assignment to map the visible sky. Its mission to create an animated, three-dimensional motion picture of the universe and reveal secrets of the cosmos.

Super detailed, high resolution cut-away render of the telescope model showing the inner workings. Zoom in on this one; it's worth a closer look. LSST Project/J. Andrew
Super detailed, a high-resolution cut-away render of the telescope model showing the inner workings. Zoom in on this one; it’s worth a closer look.
LSST Project/J. Andrew

From its normally deserted mountaintop site approximately 60 miles (100 km) inland by road from La Serena, the LSST will survey the night sky, recording the entire visible universe in its wide field-of-view twice each week. Capable of detecting faint objects as much as 10 million times fainter than can be seen with the human eye, this new breed telescope will peer into the darkest mysteries confounding modern astronomy. From the location of dark matter to the properties of dark energy to the formation and evolution of the Milky Way to tracking near-Earth asteroids that could change our way of life forever.

The public will also take part in the science goals of the LSST and learn new things about the universe as astronomers discover them as never before. Citizen scientists will extend the science goals of the LSST, gain knowledge, and skills. Students in classrooms across the nation will be engaged to take part in science programs, gain skills, and astronomy knowledge. Promoting astronomy research, awareness of LSST programs, and public participation in the human journey to the beginning of space and time.

Construction continues

Construction at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope site is scheduled to finish sometime in 2020 and full science operations to begin sometime around 2022. One of the most important events in the future of ground-based astronomy, the night the LSST begins scanning the sky, a window peering into unknown regions of the cosmos opens.

Watch this YouTube video on the LSST.

Read about Chandra detects X-rays emitted as material falls into a supermassive black hole.

Learn more about merging supermassive black holes.

Read about US Congress recognizing the right of American citizens to own asteroid resources they happen to find.

Learn more about the LSST.

Follow NASA here.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “The Universe: The Motion Picture

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s