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Support for Science

An overview of resources to support science with Rubin Observatory.


These resources are available to support proposal preparation, software development, data analysis, paper writing, student research, or any other activity related to Rubin science.

Rubin Community Forum (asyncronous support): Visit community.lsst.org and follow the banner's instructions to ask questions and get help with any aspect of your Rubin science.

Live virtual drop-in sessions: All are welcome to join the Rubin Science Assemblies, Thursdays at 9am Pacific. Every other week the assembly is run as an open drop-in session. Rubin staff are available to answer questions and provide live virtual support for any aspect of your Rubin science.

Rubin seminars by request: The Rubin Community Science team offers custom virtual seminars for research groups.


  • The annual Rubin Community Workshop focuses on the presentation and discussion of LSST science results.
  • The annual Rubin Data Academy provides a week-long virtual hands-on program focused on data access and analysis.


Simulated data products and tutorials: Available now as Rubin's "Data Preview 0"; visit dp0.lsst.io for more information about what's available and how to get access.

Timeline for early science: The construction status page is updated monthly, and the Rubin early science webpage provides an overview of the first planned data releases.

Future data products, services, and analysis tools

  • Data Products Definitions Document (DPDD): The full guide to the planned future LSST images and catalogs.
  • DPDD Abridged (DOI-citable): An overview of the planned data products, with an emphasis on what Rubin will not produce. Created to support funding proposals for external Rubin-related software.
  • Rubin Science Platform Vision Document: The high-level vision for the Rubin Data Access Center and its tools for scientific analysis of LSST data products.
  • LSST Science Pipelines: The software that processes the LSST data is open source and will be pre-installed in the Rubin Science Platform.

Can't find what you need? Just ask in the Rubin Community Forum's Support category.

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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