The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will radically change how astronomy is done. Currently under construction on the mountaintop of Cerro Pachón
in Chile, LSST will combine a large-aperture telescope with a giant camera, making it possible to quickly and repeatedly survey the night sky. LSST
will deliver a 500 petabyte set of images and data products. Astronomers will use this massive dataset to address some of the most pressing questions
about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it. Dr. Travis Rector spent last year working at LSST for his sabbatical from
UAA. He will describe how LSST will work, outline its four key science goals, as well as give an update on the construction progress as LSST moves
towards the start of operations in 2022.
The Astronomy Series meets on the first Friday evening during the fall/winter months through March. An astronomer presents a special topic (approximately
1 to 1.5 hours) and answers your questions. If skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky (bring binoculars or telescope to
share). Students ages 10 and up can earn their Jr. Astronomer certificate and astronomy supplies when they attend a minimum of 4 of the 6 programs
this season and write brief synopses of what they learned.