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Next Generation Sky Surveys

e-Science Institute Public Lecture
Dr Bob Mann

Systematic surveys of large fractions of the sky, undertaken in different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, are becoming an increasingly important part of observational astronomy. Thanks to advances in detector technologies, astronomers can now survey the sky ever faster, producing ever larger volumes of data. The next generation of sky surveys — due to start operations within the next five to ten years — will represent a
substantial increase in scale, taking survey astronomy into the Petabyte regime. This lecture will outline some of the scientific motivations for these surveys, and introduce some of the computational challenges that must be met for them to succeed.

Date and time: 
Tuesday, 7 July, 2009 - 16:00
60 minutes