Article: Rubin Observatory Goes Open Source to Capture Galactic Data

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Rubin Observatory Goes Open Source to Capture Galactic Data

Faced with a long-term project to gather and process vast amounts of visual data from the universe, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in the mountains of Chile turned to an open source, time series database, InfluxDB, developed by InfluxData.

The observatory and its 8.4-meter optical telescope are being built to survey the region of space viewable from the southern hemisphere for 10 years, capture about 1,000 images of the sky on a nightly basis. The project, called the Legacy Survey of Space and Time, is expected to generate 500 petabytes of visual data astronomers should be able to use to better understand the cosmos.

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