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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Surveying the Southern Skies with the SkyMapper Telescope by Prof. Brian Schmidt, Australian National University

Prof. Brian Schmidt,

2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Australian National University

Friday, November 14, 2014
1:30 p.m. in Stirling Theatre A

Abstract:

SkyMapper is a 1.35m telescope equipped with a 268-Million pixel CCD array that is currently surveying the Southern Sky. I will discuss the history of the telescope, its scientific capability, and key science projects for the telescope, which include a 6-colour, multi-epoch survey of the 20000 sq degrees of southern sky, as well as transient searches for supernovae, gamma ray bursts, and even gravitational wave sources.