LSST: The Greatest Movie of All Time is Coming to You!

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Date/Time:Monday, 23 Sep 2019 from 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Phys 0005
Contact:Gloria Oberender
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Zeljko Ivezic, University of Washington

Abstract: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST, will deliver the most comprehensive optical sky survey ever undertaken. Starting in 2022, LSST will take panoramic images of the entire visible sky twice each week for 10 years. The resulting hundred-petabyte imaging dataset for close to 40 billion objects will be used for scientific investigations ranging from the properties of potentially hazardous asteroids to characterizations of dark matter and dark energy. In this talk, I will start with a brief overview of the LSST science drivers, system design, and the status of its construction, and then touch on some Big Data research challenges that need to be tackled to make the best use of LSST data.

Bio: Zeljko Ivezic obtained his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky. After working on software development for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey at Princeton University, he took a professorship in astronomy at the University of Washington . Zeljko's research interests are in detection, analysis and interpretation of electromagnetic radiation from astronomical sources, and he serves as the Project Scientist and Deputy Director for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.