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LSST, unlike almost all previous large astronomical observatories, has committed to making all data public as soon as it is taken. In their words "By providing immediate public access to all the data it obtains, it will provide everyone, the professional and the “just curious” alike, a deep and frequent window on the entire sky.
It will be capable of photographing the entire visible might sky every few nights. With its wide field of view it will be capable of capturing 3.5 degrees of sky in a single picture. About 50 times the area of the full-moon at a level of sensitivity that matches other world class telescopes. It will capture image after image of the same region of the sky looking for things that change over the course of several nights - super nova, asteroids, comets and other transient objects.
It will produce a catalog of 40 billion objects and how they change over time. One can look through the LSST data and find a super nova's star before it exploded. It is expected it will find the vast majority of dangerous near earth asteroids all on its own. It will catch the universe doing things when we weren't looking. The massive amount of data will be open to anyone with an internet connection and an ability to run databases queries. The public will have access to the same data the same moment scientists do.
originally posted by: Dwoodward85
a reply to: andre18
Disclosure is coming in 2010, 2016, before the end of the decade, within the next decade, within the next twenty years, by 2050 we will know if we are alone...and on and on and on, this is literally what we hear/read time and again and it never happens. Why do people think that all of a sudden NASA or the government would suddenly turn around and say "Yep (insert date) is the year we'll tell them the truth) and to those who think the Government wont or cannot stop this data being public here is a scene for you -
Information is collected. The Government is and always is watching. They realise something that might reveal aliens or information they will not allow to be revealed decide that for National Security reasons the information cannot become public.
C'mon we all know how this goes, you don't have to watch an episode of the X-Files to know that if the government doesn't want you to know then you're not going to know and this won't change.
originally posted by: OneBigMonkeyToo
a reply to: turbonium1
How stupid of us. Aliens don't exist because the Earth is flat. Riiiiight.....