Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
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

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: 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.