by stefani greenwood

LSST is the large synoptic survey telescope that will be built on Cerro Pachón in Chile, and is scheduled to commence operations in 2016.  Its camera has, no joke,  3200 megapixels and will be taking a pair of exposures every 37 seconds every night for 10 years.   The telescope will be capturing images covering the entire sky visible from the southern hemisphere – it takes about three nights to cover the whole hemisphere.  The data coming off the telescope will be publicly available – to me, you, and our grannies.  One of the ways the public will be able to get involved is through citizen science projects. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could help classify galaxies?  If you answered yes, I can highly recommend the site Zooniverse, in particular the Galaxy Zoo.

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