Google Joins Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project

During 2006, Google setup some engineering operations in Tempe, Arizona. In early 2007, Google strengthened its Arizona ties by joining the Tucson-headquartered LSST project.

```   "In 2003, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Research
Corporation, The University of Arizona, and the University of
Washington formed the LSST Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)3
Arizona corporation, with headquarters in Tucson, AZ."
```

The LSST is going to collect massive quantities of data that Google is going to help turn into information.

```   "Scheduled to begin operations in 2013, the 8.4-meter LSST
will be able to survey the entire visible sky deeply in
multiple colors every week with its three-billion pixel
digital camera, probing the mysteries of Dark Matter and
Dark Energy, and opening a movie-like window on objects
that change or move rapidly: exploding supernovae, potentially
hazardous near-Earth asteroids as small as 100 meters, and
distant Kuiper Belt Objects."
```

Quote from William Coughran, Google VP of Engineering: "Google's mission is to take the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

The decade-long LSST sky survey will generate "over 30 thousand gigabytes of images every night."

Exercises

The following unit conversions can be used to solve these exercises.

```   one foot = 0.3048 meters  ...  one yard = 3 feet
```
1. The LSST will allow us to watch "potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids as small as 100 meters". ``` 100 meters``` equals `________ yard`.

2. The LSST measures `8.4-meters`, or `_______ feet`.

3. The LSST is scheduled to begin operations in `______ years`.

4. `30 thousand gigabytes` equals `_________ terabytes`.

5. Three-billion written in scientific notation is `______________`.

Update::2007.01.08

There was a blog posting about Google joining the LSST project that prompted me to comment.

```   AzCentral.com::PluggedIn::Biz360
"Google, UA work on massive telescope"
01/08/2007 06:34:50

Comment from: Gerald8100

01/08/07 @ 17:59
what it means to be a 21st century informatics company. It is excellent
that a project like the LSST is headquartered in Arizona.
```

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 06 January 2007