In its first month of operation, the LSST will see more of the Universe than all previous telescopes combined. Its rapid-fire, 3-billion pixel digital camera will open a movie-like window on objects that change or move; its superb images will enable mapping the cosmos in 3D as never before. Surveying the entire sky every few days, LSST will provide data in real time to both astronomers and the public. For the first time, everyone can directly participate in our journey of cosmic discovery.
Now that LSST has received its federal construction start, the Project Office is focused on building the facility and the role of engaging the community to Enable Science from LSST during operations has been taken on by the LSST Corporation.
Ways to get involved include:
Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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