LSST to get 3.2GP Camera

 
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), currently under construction at the peak of Chile’s Cerro Pachiòn, is all set for a new 3.2 GP wide-aperture camera. The camera, in combination with an 8.4m dual-surface mirror, is capable of capturing 1000 pairs of exposures within a 3.5-degree span of the night sky. It is also supported by a database that can store 60 petabytes of data in a year.

The LSST is being funded by the National Science Foundation, while the funding for the new camera comes from the US Department of Energy. The camera is equipped with a unique filter-changing mechanism to capture light from various sources ranging from near-ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths of the spectrum. The assembling is expected to be complete by 2020, after which the telescope will reportedly embark on a 10-year survey of the night sky.

Tags: Wide Aperture, telescope, LSST, National Science Foundation