On a ridge in Chile, a new telescope now under construction, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), will be able to capture more detail from faint astronomical objects than any existing optical telescope, and in the process change the way we view the universe.
The design of the LSST is revolutionary, combining an innovative three-mirror complex with an exceptionally wide field of view – the equivalent of 40 full moons – that will feed back to the largest digital imaging camera ever constructed. The telescope will deliver an entirely new way of looking at the cosmos.
The LSST is being built to conduct a 10-year survey of the universe, gathering some 60 petabytes (a petabyte is a million gigabytes) of information in the process. This information will be made available to astronomers, educational institutions and the public, making it possible for anyone to view objects 10 million times fainter than what can be detected with the human eye.