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Education & Public Outreach


Rubin Observatory will open up a whole new era of astronomical discovery for scientists, and Rubin Observatory's Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program will provide opportunities for a broader audience to interact with and explore Rubin Observatory data. Rubin Observatory is unique among large telescope projects in that its EPO program is being constructed in tandem with the observatory itself; the products described below will be introduced when the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Survey begins. The Rubin Observatory EPO team has identified four primary audiences; below is a description of the products currently in development for each one. A document that details the design of the EPO program is available at this link, and a summary fact sheet is available here. For additional information, please send an email to education@lsst.org.

General Public

The EPO Website, currently under construction, will feature news about Rubin Observatory discoveries, and profiles of Rubin Observatory scientists and engineers and their work. Designed to be accessible and engaging to a diverse audience, the website will provide non-specialists with online opportunities to explore Rubin Observatory data, and to learn how that data contributes to science and discovery. The website will be optimized for use on mobile devices, and will contain Spanish-language content relevant to the Chilean community.

Planetariums & Informal Science Centers

Rubin Observatory EPO will maintain an easy-to-use gallery of high-quality multimedia visualizations that can be downloaded and integrated into exhibits and presentations. This will provide flexibility to institutions of differing size and technological capability. Visualizations, associated metadata, and distribution methods will follow industry standards and best practices.

Formal Educators

EPO is developing online, data-driven classroom investigations for students in advanced middle school through college. The topics cover commonly-taught principles in astronomy and physics. Each investigation is designed for use with Next Generation Science Standards in the United States and the Curriculum Nacional in Chile. All investigations come with support and assessment materials for instructors. No special software is needed to access the investigations, which will be available in English and Spanish. Click here to learn more.

Citizen Scientist Researchers

Rubin Observatory EPO will provide support to researchers who create Citizen Science projects using Rubin Observatory data, including a dedicated project-building tool on the Zooniverse platform. Projects can be built with data from a Rubin Observatory data release, alert-stream data, or any combination of the two. Once established, these projects will allow citizen scientists around the world to participate in the discovery process enabled by Rubin Observatory.

Financial support for Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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