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Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:18 AM

"The most exciting telescope that no-one is talking about"

The Vera C. Rubin telescope being built in Peru has a 28-foot mirror and a 3.2 gigapixel camera.



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Reply "The most exciting telescope that no-one is talking about" (Original post)
William Seger Sep 2020 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2020 #1
hunter Sep 2020 #3
KY_EnviroGuy Sep 2020 #2
Judi Lynn Nov 2020 #6
Canoe52 Nov 2020 #4
Judi Lynn Nov 2020 #5

Response to William Seger (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:26 AM

1. Thank you for posting that.

I periodically reference My Son The Astronomer. Said son is currently in a PhD program in astronomy, doing exoplanet research, which this particular telescope won't be doing.

I was pleased to see that the mirrors for the telescope were made at the mirror lab at the University of Arizona. In 2013 I attended the adult astronomy camp at the University of Arizona, and one of the very first things that happened in the camp was a visit to the mirror lab. It's impressive.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 10:03 AM

3. Spin casting mirrors was a wonderful innovation.


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Response to William Seger (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 04:41 AM

2. Thanks, William Seger. Here are some web sites for that project...

Rubin Observatory Home Page: https://www.lsst.org/

Project photo and site camera page: https://gallery.lsst.org/bp/#/ (they have three on-site live cameras)

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Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation (http://www.lsstcorporation.org/). The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (http://www.aura-astronomy.org/). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/).

The National Science Foundation (https://www.nsf.gov/) is an independent federal agency created by Congress(link is external) in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.


Wikipedia: Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_C._Rubin_Observatory


KY........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 07:48 AM

6. Thank you for the helpful links, KY_EnviroGuy. So thoughtful. 🌌

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Response to William Seger (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2020, 02:05 PM

4. 3.2 Gigapixels? Great Scott!!!

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Response to William Seger (Original post)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 07:46 AM

5. Overwhelming! Thanks, so much, for the video. Looking forward so much to its future. Wow. ⭐️

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