Feeds

3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer

Now this is a digital camera

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The proposed 3.2 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera has been okayed by the US Department of Energy to proceed to its next stage of development.

Receiving “Critical Decision 1” approval from the DoE means the project will get busy with the serious business of engineering design, scheduling, and budgeting. The DoE is funding the design, with the final instrument to be jointly funded by the DoE and the National Science Foundation.

When operational, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-designed skywatcher will survey – and publish – the entire visible sky on a weekly basis, producing around 6 million gigabytes a year.

To do this, LSST project manager at SLAC Nadine Kurita says the instrument will have “189 sensors and over 3 tons of components that have to be packed into and extremely tight space”.

Artist's impression of the LSST camera, with a

nearby human for comparison. Source: SLAC

Work has begun on the telescope’s Chilean site, as well as its 8.4 meter primary mirror. The scientists hope to put the instrument into service in 2014.

The instrument will be designed to deliver images of near-Earth asteroids, Kuiper belt objects and galactic structures. Its most important research, however, is expected to be into dark energy and dark matter. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.