Welcome to Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s name usage guide

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On this page you will find information on how to use the name and refer to it when writing. Suggestions to improve this information or to add new information are welcome. Click to send feedback.

Usage in text:

  • In text, use Vera C. Rubin Observatory the first time, and Rubin Observatory or Rubin afterwards. Including "the" ahead of the name is fine (e.g., the Vera C. Rubin Observatory or the Rubin Observatory), depending on preference.
  • The acronym VRO should not be used. The acronym RO should not be used either.
  • Please note that a period should be used after the initial "C."
  • In cases involving character limitations, Rubin Observatory can be abbreviated Rubin Obs.
  • When writing about a construction activity, use “the Rubin Observatory Construction Project.”
  • For titles/headers/captions, use Rubin Observatory

Referring specifically to the Survey:

the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) 

Subsequent uses: the LSST (or the Survey)

Example: The Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will produce a massive amount of data. The LSST will help astronomers discover 37 billion new celestial objects. 

Referring specifically to the Camera:

State as: the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera

Subsequent uses: the LSST Camera (or LSSTCam)

Example: I work on the "Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST Camera,," or, "I work on the LSST Camera for Rubin Observatory."

Referring specifically to the Telescope:

State as: the Simonyi Survey Telescope at Rubin Observatory or Rubin Observatory's Simonyi Survey Telescope

Subsequent uses: the Telescope 

Example: "The Simonyi Survey Telescope at Rubin Observatory has a unique, three-mirror design. This design enables the Telescope to collect light from faint or faraway objects." 

Referring specifically to the Auxiliary Telescope:

State as: the Rubin Auxiliary Telescope (AuxTel)

Subsequent uses: the AuxTel

Example: "An observing run with the Rubin Observatory Auxiliary Telescope (AuxTel) took place last week. The AuxTel measures atmospheric transmission above Cerro Pachón." 

Science Collaborations (SC)

Information specific to Science Collaborations for incorporating the Rubin and LSST names into the SC name can be found at this page which is managed by the SCs.

Summary Statement:
This is an official approved statement that can be used for clarification in news items, on slides, in documents etc.

For the first ten years of operation, Vera C. Rubin Observatory will perform the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time, using the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera and the Simonyi Survey Telescope.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are joint partners in the Rubin Observatory Project and Operations.

Visual identity

Here is our visual identity and branding manual. Here is a link to approved logo versions

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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 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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