5.05pm Friday 2nd February 2024

Aprajita Verma is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford. She is Project Scientist for the UK Extremely Large Telescope Programme and coordinates the In-kind Contribution Program for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. After completing her PhD and a short post-doc in the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College (London, UK), Aprajita was science research staff at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching, Germany), and subsequently joined the sub-department of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. Her research interests cover a wide range of extragalactic topics, including dust obscured star-forming and black hole hosting galaxies, high-redshift (distant) galaxies and strong gravitational lenses. She is a founding member and co-lead of ‘Space Warps’, the Zooniverse Citizen Science project to find gravitational lenses.

A new era in Astronomy - The Vera C. Rubin Observatory 

The next decade promises a transformation in our understanding of the Universe thanks to a suite of innovative facilities. Among this suite is the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (under construction in Chile) that will carry out the ambitious and pioneering Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). With its innovative design, Rubin will survey the entire sky visible to it roughly every 3 weeks. It will uniquely produce the first ever 10-year movie of the Universe opening a new window into transient science. LSST will contain billions of celestial objects and track multitudes of astrophysical phenomena. Among its key science goals are furthering our understanding of the dark universe, understanding galaxies across all cosmic time, studying the history of the Milky Way and producing an inventory of Solar System bodies. I will describe this ground-breaking facility along with some highlights of the amazing science we can expect it to deliver.

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