Fred Gilman Elected Chair of AURA Management Council for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fred Gilman Elected Chair of AURA Management Council for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Fred Gilman, Dean of the Mellon College of Science, has been elected chair of the AURA Management Council for the LSST (AMCL).  The council will oversee the final stages of the design and then the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which is being built by a consortium of universities and national laboratories including Carnegie Mellon. 

Located in northern Chile, the LSST will capture images of the sky using the world’s largest digital camera, which will collect about 30 terabytes of data per night and will visit each patch of sky about 1000 times over ten years. The resulting massive data set will be used to construct a color “movie” of the sky that will enable scientists to study a range of objects from near-earth asteroids to exploding stars in distant galaxies.  The data also will provide a detailed map of the dark matter in the universe and elucidate the nature of dark energy. 

Ranked as the highest priority ground-based project by the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey of the National Academies, the LSST is moving through the last steps leading to construction.  In the fall of 2011, the LSST project became a center operated by the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Other AURA centers include world-class observatories like the National Solar Observatory and the twin Gemini Telescopes, among others.


By: Jocelyn Duffy, jhduffy@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9982