Podcaster: Rob Sparks and Professor Steve Kahn
Description: The LSST is a new kind of telescope. With a light-gathering power among the largest in the world, it can detect faint objects with short exposures. Its uniquely wide field of view allows it to observe large areas of the sky at once; compact and nimble, it can move quickly between images. Taking more than 800 panoramic images each night, it can cover the sky twice each week. In this podcast, LSST Director Dr. Steve Kahn describes the project and its upcoming construction.
Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.
Professor Kahn is the Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a large-aperture wide-field telescope now under development to survey half the sky every few nights. His research interests include X-ray spectroscopy cosmic sources, atomic physics measurements of highly charged ions relevant to astrophysical plasmas and development of space and ground-based instrumentation.
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