Astronomers already talk about the “LSST era” and its potential for changing the way astronomy is done.
The $1 billion project was conceived and launched in Tucson and is headquartered here. Its novel 8.4-meter-diameter mirror, which contains the primary and tertiary mirror on a single piece of glass, was cast and polished beneath the bleachers of UA Stadium in the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.
LSST was chosen by astronomers as the highest priority large project in the Astro2010 decadal survey and became the first priority for funding by the National Science Foundation, which provides the bulk of the funds for building and operating it.
It is scheduled to be fully operational by 2023.