January 2013 Public Meeting: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope – Mapping Dark Matter

For our first meeting of 2013, on Wednesday 16th January, Gary Auker will be providing this month’s public lecture and will be talking about the Large Synopic  Survey Telescope (LSST) – a project that aims to detect the signatures of dark matter.

The 8.4 metre telescope is currently being planned for construction at the peak of the Cerro Pachon in Chile and will survey the entire sky in multiple wavelengths every week using a 3.2 gigapixel digital camera. The imaging power of this setup and its really wide field of view mean that, when the telescope sees first light in 2020, it is expected to make many discoveries and contributions.

The ability of this massive telescope to capture the entire night sky in just three days will be crucial to attempts to map our galaxy. The main observations made using the telescope will focus on fundamental astrophysics, including a study of dark matter in the universe, which will help us understand why the Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.

LSST will be also be a useful too for identifying objects that change quite rapidly, for example supernovae and near-Earth asteroids. In under a minute the LSST will be able to find small objects in the asteroid belt.

Our talks are open to everyone, all are welcome. It takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 16th January. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the talk starting approx 8pm. Entry is £4 for non-members. For further information on how to get there, see the Events page.

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Posted on 13 January, 2013, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Public Meetings, Society News, Stargazing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on January 2013 Public Meeting: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope – Mapping Dark Matter.

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