AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 101. DPOSS, LONEOS, LSST and DLS: New Survey Results
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[101.09] Cosmic Cinematography With the LSSTO

C. T. Liu (American Museum of Natural History), K. Borne (NASA/GSFC), C. Stubbs (University of Washington), J. A. Tyson (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies), LSSTO Collaboration

The Large-Area Synoptic Survey Telescope Observatory (LSSTO; http://lssto.org) will be an 8.4-meter, 7 square-degree field telescope and camera, and will represent an increase in astronomical survey power more than 20-fold over any observatory now operating or under construction. Each night, LSSTO will image over 1400 square degrees of sky, to a depth of at least 24th magnitude, and make the data publicly available the next day. A co-added deep color image of 14,000 square degrees of the sky to 27th magnitude will also be available. The LSSTO database will be on spinning disks at various sites around the world. At 0.2 arcseconds per pixel, these data will represent unprecedented deep sky images which will follow celestial changes in time.

We show some of the plans to broaden the scope of the LSSTO project to include small colleges, amateur astronomers, K-12 and general public astronomy consumers. These include [1] High definition video walls with data feeds of 1000 GB/sec; [2] 3-D virtual reality displays using both personal computers and massive projection systems such as the Hayden Planetarium Digital Dome; and [3] interactive data analysis and viewing in the time dimension, producing a true ``movie of the cosmos."

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