Massive telescope scans entire sky every 3 days

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Massive telescope scans entire sky every 3 days

This is amazing a real warning system to detect near earth objects. Such a telescope would also be handy to detect the mysterious objects floating around in earth orbit in another thread :)

I hope that with Gates funding it its not running on Windows Vista.

TUCSON, Ariz. - A project to build a pioneering telescope in Chile got a $30 million boost Thursday with donations from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and former company executive Charles Simonyi.

Simonyi is donating $20 million and Gates $10 million to pay for three major mirrors that will be used in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a nearly $400 million project that will be able to survey the entire sky every three nights — something never done before.

Astronomers anticipate surveying the heavens for 10 years, with observations starting in 2015.
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People can find out what’s going on everywhere in the sky, and no one has ever done that before — not even come close. There are lots of things that happen every night in the sky, and no one has been able to track them and detect them
said Donald Sweeney, manager of the LSST Project, a partnership headquartered in Tucson and split among 23 universities, national laboratories and private entities.

With the telescope operating, he said, scientists will be able to quickly find Earth-threatening asteroids and supernovae, and will be able to map out 100 billion galaxies.

The telescope is to be built on 9,000-foot Cerro Pachon in northern Chile. It will take an image every 15 seconds nightly, and its camera — the world’s largest and most powerful digital device — will read out the image in 2 seconds.
By netchicken: posted on 7-1-2008

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