Public Talk 7 pm: Building the Next Great Science Engine
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Presented by Victor Krabbendam & Chuck Claver
LSST Project Manager and Systems Scientist
The Public is invited to attend a FREE Lecture, Thursday, August 17th, 7pm, at the Westin La Paloma Canyon Ballrooms, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ. Project Manager Victor Krabbendam and Astronomer Chuck Claver will describe the revolutionary Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) from its motivation and early design to science operations which start in 2022. Currently under construction in Chile, LSST will survey the entire visible southern sky every few days for a decade – the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed. LSST’s vast archive of data will dramatically advance our knowledge of the dark energy and dark matter that make up 95 percent of the universe, as well as galaxy formation and potentially hazardous asteroids.
LSST’s design takes advantage of technology breakthroughs in mirror construction, database technology, and camera sensor fabrication. LSST data will be available not only to professional scientists, but also to the public, including students and people involved in “citizen science” projects.
We invite you to join LSST for an evening of astronomy August 17. Learn about the motivation and behind-the-scene stories of LSST’s construction and how you can be involved in the discoveries of this amazing science engine. Following the talk, the speakers and other LSST team members will be available for informal conversations on topics from astronomy, engineering, STEM careers, LSST’s education and outreach programs, Big Data, Chile, and much more. A no-host bar will be available.
Victor Krabbendam has been LSST Project Manager since 2012, after eight years as Project Manager for the LSST Telescope & Site subsystem. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Victor has worked in industry, government, and with major astronomical research facilities including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory and the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope, a 4.1 meter telescope that is LSST's neighbor on Cerro Pachón.
Chuck Claver is the LSST Systems Scientist and Lead of LSST Commissioning. Chuck got his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and brings more than two decades of work at national observing facilities including the Mayall 4m and WIYN 3.5m at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Blanco 4m and SOAR 4m in Chile).