The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a large aperture, wide-field, ground-based telescope designed to provide a deep multicolor imaging survey of the entire southern hemisphere of sky every few nights. As such, it will enable a wide variety of scientific investigations, all using a single common database, that range from studies of small moving bodies in the solar system, to the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. Funding for LSST has been fully approved, and construction is well underway, leading to first light in 2020 and the official start of the ten-year survey in October 2022. I will describe the design and development of LSST, and provide a tour of some of the diverse scientific results that we expect to come from this exciting new facility.
Steven M. Kahn (Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
December 04, 2015
14:00 - 15:00