Public Talk

LSST: The Greatest Movie of All Time is Coming to You!

November 20, 2019

When: November 20, 2019 7:00PM
Where: Direct Relief Global Headquarters 6100 Wallace Becknell Road, Goleta

Željko Ivezić

University of Washington

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST, www.lsst.org) will deliver the most comprehensive optical sky survey ever undertaken. Starting in 2022, LSST will take panoramic images of the entire visible sky twice each week for 10 years. The resulting hundred-petabyte imaging dataset for close to 40 billion objects will be used for scientific investigations ranging from the properties of potentially hazardous asteroids to characterizations of dark matter and dark energy. I will start with a brief overview of the LSST science drivers and system design, describe the status of its construction, and then touch on some Big Data research challenges that need to be tackled to make the best use of LSST data.

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Željko Ivezić

Professor Željko Ivezić obtained his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky. After working on software development for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey at Princeton University, he took a professorship in astronomy at the University of Washington. Željko's research interests are in detection, analysis and interpretation of  electromagnetic radiation from astronomical sources, and he serves as the Project Scientist and Deputy Director for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.


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