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6.7 Meter Telescope To Capture 30 Terabytes Per Night 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the very-large-yet-very-small dept.
Lumenary7204 writes "The Register has a story about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a project to build a 6.7 meter effective-diameter ground-based telescope that will be used to map some of the faintest objects in the night sky. Jeff Kantor, the LSST Project Data Manager, indicates that the telescope should be in operation by 2016, will generate around 30 terabytes of data per night, and will 'open a movie-like window on objects that change or move on rapid timescales: exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects.' The end result will be a 150 petabyte database containing one of the most detailed surveys of the universe ever undertaken by a ground-based telescope. The telescope's 8.4 meter mirror blank was recently unveiled at the University of Arizona's Mirror Lab in Tucson."
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6.7 Meter Telescope To Capture 30 Terabytes Per Night

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  • A waste (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04, 2008 @02:33AM (#25254403)

    Money would be better spent on upgrading hubble, or better yet replacing that floating piece of space-junk with a new telescope. Making the most advanced telescope, ON THE GROUND, seems like an oxymoron to me.

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