Visiting US scientist talks on LSST in Cape Town

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments by

Dr Abhijit Saha, LSST Operations Simulation Lead Scientist of the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) on a visit to South Africa will present a talk “Deep Cinematography of the Whole Sky with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)” on 22 September at 5pm at the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is under construction and will come into operation in Chile in 2019. It combines a large (6.5m) effective aperture with a very wide field of view and a 3200 megapixel camera.  It will be able to complete a photographic pass over the entire visible night sky every 3 to 4 nights,  and will do this repeatedly for 10 years, providing for the first time a time-lapse movie that will reach about a hundred times fainter than any previous all-sky survey.   The huge amount of data will open up an unprecedented space for discoveries of all kinds, and some of the exciting scientific problems that the LSST will address will be discussed.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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