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The 8.4-meter LSST will survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week with its three-billion pixel digital camera, probing the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and opening a movie-like window on objects that change or move rapidly: exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects.

A photograph and a rendering mix of the exterior building showing the dome open and road leading away from the site.
credit LSSTA photograph and a rendering mix of the exterior building showing the dome open and road leading away from the site.
A close-up of the LSST Dome Slit.
credit Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST CorporationA close-up of the LSST Dome Slit.
Artists's concept.
credit LSSTArtists's concept.
Mirrors. The LSST M1M3 surface measurements on the test tower.
credit SOML/LSSTCMirrors. The LSST M1M3 surface measurements on the test tower.
This image shows the mirror's optics as well as the lenses in the camera, the filter placement, and the associated point spread functions.
credit LSSTThis image shows the mirror's optics as well as the lenses in the camera, the filter placement, and the associated point spread functions.

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15.09.2014by Robert Sugar

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