Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Overview - At its completion in 2016, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will provide the largest ever survey of the night sky. It will deliver 30 terabytes of data each night. LSST will consist of an 8.4 meter telescope and the 3.2 billion pixel camera. Astronomers hope the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will deliver 5.6 million 15 second images over its ten year lifetime.
Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) - The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) sits high atop ancient volcanic boulders, four hours from Cape Town. The telescope, billed as Africa’s giant eye on the universe, is a time-domain spectroscopy allowing astronomers to take photos of stars in very quick succession by using its digital camera known as the salticam.
Telescope shoots yellow laser into the sky to create a glowing spot in the Earth’s atmosphere to control the telescope’s deformable mirrors and remove the effects of atmospheric distortions, producing images almost as sharp as if the telescope were in space. The image also captures the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, nearby irregular dwarf galaxies, to the left and to the right of the laser beam, respectively. http://www.space.com/34-image-day.html
This artist’s impression shows the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure. The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal. It will be the world’s largest “eye on the sky”.
NGC7000, a very large diffuse nebula in Cygnus is called The North American Nebula because of its shape, especialy the area that appears like the Gulf of Mexico. Its a bright emission nebula at about 3 degrees east of alpha Cygni.
Phobos in the foreground with gigantic (but very distant) Jupiter sitting in the background, a fortuitous alignment that the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera team took advantage of on June 1. Phobos and Jupiter ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) On June 1, 2001, Mars Express watched as Phobos (the inner and larger of Mars' two moons) slipped past distant Jupiter. Phobos is only 23 kilometers in diameter, while Jupiter is 142,000 kilometers across!