- When the telescope goes fully online in 2022, it will take some of the highest resolution pictures of our universe ever produced, and scientists plan to do a lot more with that data than “just” modify theories and produce pretty pictures.
- With so much raw information available through the LSST, astronomers can use it look for distant supernovae or local, Earth-threatening asteroids, galactic super-clusters or the effects of dark matter. In fact, it will be used for all these things and more, and in the end its many readings will be put together to form an interactive 3D map of the universe.
- The primary mirror that makes this marvel of engineering possible is a whopping 8.4 meters across, with an integrated 5-meter mirror at the center, instantly making it one of the largest optical devices ever created.
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