Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys

I got the chance to speak at Google over the winter break as part of the Talks at Google series.  If you are interested in hearing the talk, its now on YouTube (and embedded below).  The entire trip to Mountain View was a great time, and the audience for my talk was engaging and had great questions.  Astronomy is entering an exciting era, where surveys such as Gaia and LSST will provide the precise data needed to answer some of our biggest questions,  including characterizing dark energy and producing exquisite maps of the Milky Way.  Moreover, all of the data will be public, meaning anyone with an internet connection can get their hands on cutting edge data.  The opportunities for citizen science will be outstanding.  Hope you enjoy the talk!


Greetings from Google!

I recently got invited to share a little bit about my work on mapping the Galaxy and large astronomical surveys with the folks at Google.  My talk will be part of the talks@Google series.  This is a really fantastic place to visit.  From the free coffee to the Google bikes, I’ve enjoyed my time on campus immensely.2015-01-13 07.21.28Had_a_great_talk__google_talking_about_the_future_of_astronomy_and_my_work_at__rideru__rider_university

Milky Way Science with LSST

LSST, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, is one of the largest undertakings in modern astronomy.  It will survey the entire visible night sky about every 3 nights for 10 years, assembling an incredible dataset that will include over 20 billion objects.   To get ready for this survey, hundreds of astronomers all over the world have self-assembled into science working groups.  These groups are collections of astronomers that are focused on making the most of LSST to work on their science.

Along with Beth Willman and Nitya Kallivayalil, I am a chair of the Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science collaboration.  I am happy to announce our public website, available here.  If you’d like to know more about what our group is working on, and how you can contribute to LSST, please contact me or see more at the site.