Opening a Window of Discovery on the Dynamic Universe

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The details of the survey strategy are currently being developed, and may differ in interesting ways from the default as described in our previous publications. Read the community white paper on the LSST Observing Strategy in arxiv and contribute to the living document in GitHub.

Using the current baseline cadence, LSST ten-year survey will make more than five million exposures, collecting over 50 petabytes of raw image data to produce a deep, time-dependent, movie of about 20,000 square degrees of sky. The cadence with which these exposures are made is essential to achieving multiple scientific goals from a single survey... 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).
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 LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   




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