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PR09 LSST Quick Fact Sheet

PR09 LSST Quick Fact Sheet

Monday, July 1, 2013

Current as of August 2011
Updated July 2013

The LSST is a proposed 8.4-meter ground-based telescope that will survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week from a mountaintop in Chile. It will open a movie-like window on the universe and address some of the most pressing questions in astronomy and physics, while driving advances in data-intensive science and computing.


Institutional Members of LSSTC (Full List)
Key personnel (org chart)
President: Sidney Wolff (LSSTC)
Director: Steven Kahn (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
Chief Scientist: Tony Tyson (UC Davis)
Project Manager: Victor Krabbendam (LSSTC)
System Scientist: Zeljko Ivezic (U. Wash)
Chair, Science Advisory Committee: Michael Strauss (Princeton)


Uniquely capable six-band digital optical survey to address over 100 new explorations of our universe, including four Key Science Goals: Dark matter, dark energy, formation of galaxies, potentially hazardous asteroids


A transformative view of our universe: The Big Picture. An unprecedented volume of the universe will be monitored. Accessible to scientists and public alike. Open data, open source.


Telescope sited on Cerro Pachón, Chile. Coordinates: (Google Earth) (Google Map)


Science Operations begin seven years after construction start. With a calendar year 2014 construction start, first light will be in 2019, early science in 2020, and science operations in 2021.


9.6 square degree field of view for each exposure. 20,000 square degree sky coverage.


Pair of 15-second deep exposures every 40 seconds. Tile entire accessible sky a few times a week. Each piece of sky imaged 2000 times over 10-year survey lifetime. Flip book of the sky, celestial cinematography.


24th magnitude single visit; 27th magnitude co-added over survey lifetime in 6 optical – near-IR bands.

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Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, 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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