Opening a Window of Discovery on the Dynamic Universe

Community Science Input and Participation

The LSST will carry out a six-band multi-epoch optical survey over half the Celestial Sphere using a dedicated 8.4-meter telescope, allowing major advances in areas ranging from the study of near-Earth asteroids to the nature of Dark Energy. The Science Collaborations are autonomous entities that will work closely with the LSST construction project on areas from cadence design to commissioning. LSST was ranked #1 by the Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Decadal Survey for large ground-based projects. Science operations will begin six years after the start of construction.

Community Science Involvement Paves Path for Future Programs

Because we intend this facility and its database to serve as a resource for the whole community, we want your input on the planning to date along with ideas for extending the work already done.
Join the mission! First, review the following materials which detail our current plan and findings:

Relative Survey Power: Opening Up Discovery Space

Étendue of current and planned survey telescopes and cameras on a log scale. Some are dedicated 100% to surveys ("Survey"). Others could have higher effective étendue if used 100% in survey mode or if duplicated ("Max"). Above an étendue of 200-300 m2 deg2 it becomes possible to undertake a single comprehensive multi-band survey of the entire visible sky serving most of the science opportunities, rather than multiple special surveys in series. The LSST will open up a qualitatively new regime in survey science.

Science Requirements Document (May 13, 2010) [PDF 464KB]

Let us know whether these basic requirements are suitable for the program you would like to carry out. Look particularly at the cadence of observations. We are especially interested in your requirements for data products — what should the LSST pipelines and database provide in order to enable the science that you want to do?

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).
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.   




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