News and Activities

19-21 November 2015, La Serena, Chile

8-13 November 2015 at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the AAS, National Harbor, MD

28-29 October 2015, Tucson, AZ

We will be working on a set of actionable roadmaps, based on already identified technical priorities, that will guide our Collaborations activities for the next four years. These technical priorities were identified during our pre-cursor roadmap process in 2013 as those that will critically impact a diverse set of our Collaboration’s scientific priorities. See this web page for Collaboration priorities:

26-30 October 2015, Argonne National Laboratory

28 September-2 October 2015, New York University

Astro Hack Week is a week-long summer school / hack week / unconference focused on astrostatistics and data-intensive astronomy, with mornings dedicated to workshops covering essential skills for working effectively with large astronomical data sets, and unstructured afternoons allowing for collaborative research. The vision is to provide a space to encourage learning, research, collaboration, and sharing of expertise, for the benefit of both young and experienced astronomical researchers alike.

After a long and distinguished career at The Ohio State University, first as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and then since 2006 as Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Patrick Osmer is stepping down from university administration effective August 31 to return to his roots in the astronomy research community. We are very fortunate that Pat has agreed to join the LSST team as a senior advisor to the Corporation. 

LSSTC is in the midst of mounting a campaign to raise public and private investment in enabling science with LSST. The LSST data set will represent the ultimate in big data challenges to the science community and a paradigm shift for astronomy and physics. Preparing the science community now to face this challenge is a primary goal for LSSTC, one that will be significantly enhanced by Pat's standing in the community as a scientist and experienced academic administrator. His connections in the international astronomy community will also be invaluable to another primary goal of the LSSTC, namely raising international contributions to operations of LSST. Finally, his experience and strong connections to the astronomy community will be a tremendous asset to our engagement in initial planning with AURA, SLAC and the LSST Project for LSST operations.

LSSTC is very excited by this development and looks forward to working with Pat to realize these important goals. Welcome Pat to the LSSTC team.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s ‘Eye’ Will be Built at SLAC

August 31, 2015 Menlo Park, Calif. — The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera – the world’s largest – at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Assembled at the DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the camera will be the eye of LSST, revealing unprecedented details of the universe and helping unravel some of its greatest mysteries. The construction milestone, known as Critical Decision 3, is the last major approval decision before the acceptance of the finished camera, said LSST Director Steven Kahn: “Now we can go ahead and procure components and start building it.”

  • July 2014
  • Last week of meeting focused on LSST  
  • LSSTC support: $20k

  • June 3 - June 5, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University
  • LSSTC support: $15k


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