The Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), to be carried out at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (Rubin Observatory), is the most ambitious time-domain survey of the universe ever proposed. The Rubin Observatory is a joint U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project that will see “first light” in late 2020. A commissioning survey will begin soon thereafter, with the main survey starting in late 2022. In just its first year of operations, the Rubin Observatory LSST will survey more of the universe at optical wavelengths than all previous studies. As a member of LSSTC, you will receive numerous benefits (listed below) for your institution and for your researchers preparing to do science with the Rubin Observatory LSST.
The Survey will repeatedly image the sky over 10 years, delivering a 60-petabyte set of images and a 15-petabyte data catalog to address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and objects within it. The Survey will focus on four key science areas:
Probing Dark Energy and Dark Matter
Taking an Inventory of the Solar System
Exploring the Transient Optical Sky
Mapping the Milky Way
The LSST Corporation (https://www.lsstcorporation.org), headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed to initiate the LSST Project and advance astronomy and physics. LSSTC represents over 30 U.S., Chilean, and European institutional members committed to enabling the exploitation of Rubin Observatory LSST data by advocating for and supporting LSST science.
Using Big Data for Big Science: Given the imminent start of Rubin Observatory operations, LSSTC is focused on preparing the community to capitalize on this remarkable and unprecedented dataset. We are committed to fostering and building new modes of interdisciplinary collaboration at the interface of astronomy, physics, computer science, mathematics, and information science. Through graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, science schools, workshops, think tanks, and support of science collaborations, LSSTC is enabling the training of a new generation of young scientists and researchers, and preparing the scientific community for the big data challenges that the Rubin Observatory LSST will bring.