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LSST Information for Scientists

September 12, 2017 - The LSST observing strategy has a baseline design but is not yet set in stone: an active sub-community of the LSST science collaborations is working on evaluating simulations of the LSST cadence, with a view to optimizing it in a science-driven way. You can read the most up to date version of the living white paper that is recording these investigations on GitHub, and join the conversation in that repository's issues. You can also read the most recent release of this white paper on the arxiv or here

August 10, 2017 - Since Spring 2017, LSST's Project Science Team (PST, has been hosting a series of discussions with Science Collaboration chairs (  The topics have been chosen based on requests from Science Collaborations.  The aim of these discussions is to more effectively disseminate up-to-date Project information to the science community, via the Science Collaborations chairs and also by sharing the Powerpoint presentations (and, when available, recordings) to the worldwide community on our website.

Reports from the Project Science Team

List of PST talks to the Science Collaboration chairs

LSST Education and Public Outreach - Amanda Bauer

Commissioning and Pre-Operations Data Policy and Serving - Bob Blum, Chuck Claver and Leanne Guy

LSST Science Platform, Final Design Review - Leanne Guy

Survey Strategy White Papers - Lynne Jones

Commissioning - Science Verification Status - Chuck Claver & Leanne Guy

LSST Science Collaborations Status + current activities - LSST Science Collaboration Chairs

The Scheduler development progress and new Feature-based algorithm - Tiago Ribeiro & Lynne Jones

Blending in LSST - Fred Moolekamp

LSST Solar System Processing: Status and Plans - Mario Juric

LSST Alert Stream - Eric Bellm

LSST Astrometry - Jim Bosch

Photometric Products - Robert Lupton

LSST Pipelines and Data Products - Jim Bosch

LSST Project Status - Victor Krabbendam

Status of the LSST Image Simulations - Chris Walter

LSST Education and Public Outreach - Amanda Bauer

Tuesday July 18 2017

What to Expect of the LSST Archive: The LSST Science Platform - Mario Juric

Tuesday July 18 2017

LSST Observing Strategy - Zeljko Ivezic

Tuesday  May 30 2017

Recording (audio only, due to BJ problems)

DM Plans for Crowded Star Fields - Jim Bosch

April 18 2017

OpSim Development - Andy Connolly

March 21 2017

LSST Commissioning Overview and Data Plan - Chuck Claver and Beth Willman

March 5, 2017


Forum for Community Discussion

November 19, 2015 - LSST invites the astronomy community to join us at The LSST Community forum is an open platform for learning about LSST, asking questions, and participating in LSST's development... read more

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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NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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