The Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time by Andrés Plazas Malagón  @StrangeLoopConf
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time by Andrés Plazas Malagón  @StrangeLoopConf
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The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, currently under construction on Cerro Pachón in Chile, will feature an 8.4-meter telescope, the largest digital camera in the world for astronomy (3200 megapixels), an automated data processing system, and an online public engagement platform. Rubin will conduct the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), and it will operate on an automated cadence, capturing an area the size of 40 full moons and returning to the same area of sky approximately every three nights after imaging the full sky. The Rubin Observatory was the top-ranked large ground-based project in the 2010 Astrophysics Decadal Survey, and it will advance science in four main areas: the nature of dark matter and understanding dark energy, cataloging the Solar System, exploring the changing sky, and Milky Way structure and formation. Engineering and then science first light is expected in 2023 and full operations for the ten-year survey commencing in the second half of 2024.

Andrés Plazas Malagón
Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University / Rubin Observatory

Andrés A. Plazas Malagón obtained his degree in physics at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He subsequently moved to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) to obtain a doctoral degree in physics and astronomy. At Penn, he received the Zaccheus Daniel Foundation for Astronomical Science award. He also became part of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) project, working on weak gravitational lensing and testing the detectors of the Dark Energy Camera used by DES at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermilab. He continued his work on weak lensing as a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he became part of the Dark Energy Science Collaboration of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). For his work in characterizing systematic errors in weak gravitational lensing, he received in 2016 the Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar national prize in Natural and Exact Sciences, one of the highest scientific recognition in his native Colombia.He joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2015 as a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, working on understating systematic errors in weak lensing from the infrared detectors that will be used by the wide-field imager of NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. Dr. Plazas Malagón also has worked as a Research Scientist at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, as part of the Cosmoquest project for community science. He currently works at Princeton University as an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and is part of the Data Management Team of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Physics of Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Plazas Malagón is the founder of the Astronomy on Tap satellite branches in St. Louis and Trenton (NJ), is the creator and co-host of the astronomy podcast in Spanish “Visión Cósmica”, and frequently participates in science Education and Public Outreach events in Spanish and English as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador volunteer.

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