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Sporkman
January 4th, 2008, 03:58 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080104/ap_on_sc/large_telescope_4


Microsoft bigwigs donate to telescope

By ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 4, 1:03 AM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. - A project to build a pioneering telescope in Chile got a $30 million boost Thursday with donations from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and former company executive Charles Simonyi.

Simonyi is donating $20 million and Gates $10 million to pay for three major mirrors that will be used in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a nearly $400 million project that will be able to survey the entire sky every three nights something never done before.

Astronomers anticipate surveying the heavens for 10 years, with observations starting in 2015.

"People can find out what's going on everywhere in the sky, and no one has ever done that before not even come close," said Donald Sweeney, manager of the LSST Project, a partnership headquartered in Tucson and split among 23 universities, national laboratories and private entities.

The telescope is to be built on 9,000-foot Cerro Pachon in northern Chile. It will take an image every 15 seconds nightly, and its camera the world's largest and most powerful digital device will read out the image in 2 seconds.

"There are lots of things that happen every night in the sky, and no one has been able to track them and detect them," Sweeney said.

With the telescope operating, he said, scientists will be able to quickly find Earth-threatening asteroids and exploding stars called supernovas and will be able to map out 100 billion galaxies.

The two donations put the amount raised at $50 million.

Gates gave his donation directly, while the other gift came from the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, Jacoby said.

Simonyi said through spokeswoman Lee Keller that he was attracted to the project through "its imaginative use of technology to create a new view of our universe."

Gates called the telescope imaginative in its technology and approach.

"LSST is truly an Internet telescope, which will put terabytes of data each night into the hands of anyone that wants to explore it," Gates said.

Its camera will be able to produce what project spokeswoman Suzanne Jacoby called "a flip book of the sky."

jespdj
January 4th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Nice! I love astronomy and space exploration.

But why are you posting this here? I don't see any connection to Ubuntu here.

Sporkman
January 4th, 2008, 05:00 PM
But why are you posting this here? I don't see any connection to Ubuntu here.

The cafe is open to off-topic tech related posts.

Lster
January 4th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Sounds interesting, lets see what comes of it!

AnonCat
January 4th, 2008, 06:08 PM
I guess there are some indirect benefits from the world being held hostage to an overpriced OS.

bufsabre666
January 4th, 2008, 06:13 PM
I guess there are some indirect benefits from the world being held hostage to an overpriced OS.

only till they figure out a way to pass the price onto the customers

anyone feeling Vista Ultimate SE

Tundro Walker
January 5th, 2008, 03:16 AM
Was it really their personal money they donated, or did they donate money in the Company's name?

vambo
January 5th, 2008, 03:25 AM
Bet this becomes the only telescope ever to detect blue shift ;)

Presto123
January 5th, 2008, 03:44 AM
LOL @ above post.

Ol' Bill just got a +1 from me. He still needs about 99 more to go, though. Let's hope this is a decent act that moves him to make more.

(It doesn't have to be money, either.)

Peyton
January 5th, 2008, 03:44 AM
Was it really their personal money they donated, or did they donate money in the Company's name?
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Gates gave his donation directly, while the other gift came from the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, Jacoby said.

kopinux
January 5th, 2008, 03:45 AM
a donation with a tag and strings attached.

later on MS will pay for exclusivity for use on windows users only.

Peyton
January 5th, 2008, 03:47 AM
LOL @ above post.

Ol' Bill just got a +1 from me. He still needs about 99 more to go, though. Let's hope this is a decent act that moves him to make more.

(It doesn't have to be money, either.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_and_Melinda_Gates_Foundation

Paqman
January 5th, 2008, 05:05 AM
They're just following in their colleague Paul Allen's footsteps with the Allen Telescope Array (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Telescope#Background) for SETI.

Presto123
January 5th, 2008, 05:18 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_and_Melinda_Gates_Foundation

Nice. Thanks for linking that. Didn't know this. :)

Linuxratty
January 5th, 2008, 06:25 AM
Bet this becomes the only telescope ever to detect blue shift ;)

But of course!