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This page contains links to information for scientists and students that are interested in doing astronomical research with data products from the Rubin Observatory and its Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).

Support for science: resources to help with proposal preparation, software development, and data analysis workflow planning.

Stay connected. Everyone is welcome to obtain an account in the Rubin Community Forum, which is the main online platform ask questions, get news, and discuss science.

Join an LSST Science Collaboration. These independent, worldwide communities of scientists with common research interests are working together to prepare for LSST science. Students are especially welcome.

Access simulated LSST data via the Rubin Science platform by participating in Data Preview 0, in order to prepare for early science with Rubin Observatory.

New here? You might be interested in this one hour presentation "An Introduction to the Rubin Observatory: Systems, Jargon, and Acronyms" from July 2021, or the "Crash Course on LSST and Rubin Observatory" from July 2022.

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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