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Explore the Universe with the Largest Digital Camera in the World: The Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM


St. Louis County Library – Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. CLICK HERE to register! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Andrés A. Plazas Malagón, Ph.D., Associate Research Scholar, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; Data Management Software Scientist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory; NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador; Visiting Scientist, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

Currently under construction on Cerro Pachón in Chile, The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, the first national U.S. observatory to be named after a female astronomer, is an 8-meter-class telescope coupled to a 3.2-gigapixel camera, the world’s largest digital camera ever fabricated for optical astronomy. The mission of the Rubin Observatory construction project is to build a well-understood system that provides a vast astronomical dataset for unprecedented discovery of the deep and dynamic universe, and its goal is to conduct the 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). LSST will deliver a 500 petabyte set of images and data products that will address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it. The Rubin Observatory LSST is designed to address four science areas:

• Understanding Dark Matter and Dark Energy
• Hazardous Asteroids and the Remote Solar System
• The Transient Optical Sky
• The Formation and Structure of the Milky Way

Don’t miss this fascinating look at a National Science Foundation-supported project destined to make science history!

Explore the Universe with the Largest Digital Camera in the World is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library presented in collaboration with the Department of Physics of Washington University in St. Louis, the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, and the JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program.  Science in St. Louis is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
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