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Rubin Observatory and the SLAC-built LSST Camera image the visible southern sky over and over for a decade, creating a vast archive of data that will advance our knowledge of dark energy and dark matter.

Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST Camera Focal Plane Build 158

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LSST Camera images provide the inspiration for artist Lennart Lahuis’s “Astromelancholia.”

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The Stanford Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the 2022-23 academic year Oct. 17-18. Trustees toured the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and...

Aerial photo of SLAC research yard
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SLAC Recent History (1990s-today Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST Camera module) – Building the largest digital camera for a 10-year survey of the universe...
Building the largest digital camera for a 10-year survey of the universe
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SLAC's LSST team carefully unpack, examine, test and store the r-band filter, the first of six optic filters that will be part of the...
SLAC's LSST team carefully unpack, examine, test and store the r-band filter.
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Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Camera’s focal plane has a surface area large enough to capture a portion of the...
LSST camera focal plane
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The largest digital camera ever built for ground-based astronomy, the 3.2-gigapixel Legacy Survey of Space and Time Camera is the size of a small...
Exploded view of LSST Camera.
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Hanna Pollek (right) and Travis Lange at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) raft installation.
Hanna Pollek (right), and Travis Lange at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) raft installation.
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From left, Travis Lange, Hannah Pollek and LLNL’s Justin Wolfe inspect LSST Camera optic filters.
Inspection of the LSST Camera optic filters
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An extension of the Stanford Research Computing Facility will host several data centers to handle the unprecedented data streams that will be produced by...

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This photo shows the 3,200-megapixel focal plane of Rubin Observatory’s LSST Camera, under construction at SLAC. In a few years, the camera will begin...
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SLAC Science Explained

It will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time.

LSST camera focal plane
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The Rubin Observatory's LSST Camera will take enormously detailed images of the night sky from atop a mountain in Chile. Down below the mountain...
LSST data illustration