October 28, 2016 - LSST was prominent at last week’s AAS DPS/EPSC meeting in Pasadena, CA, starting with a workshop titled “Getting to Know the LSST”. Deputy Director Beth Willman presented a summary and status of LSST followed by Nate Lust presenting work on false positive rates for LSST moving objects and Lynne Jones (and the littlest #LSST scientist) talking about LSST's observing strategy and aspects of LSST's planetary astronomy science capabilities. A few dozen people attended the workshop, which wrapped up with an engaged Q&A session.
In addition, an open meeting of the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) was held, organized by collaboration chair David Trilling. Nearly 50 people attended the meeting, the largest gathering to date. The group discussed several efforts that are underway to evaluate the efficacy of LSST for Solar System science, and discussed what new software needs to be written to produce enhanced science return. The intention is to have telecons every two months or so to continue this forward momentum and establish a SSSC github repository for the code that will be forthcoming.
@Lynne73 and the littlest #LSST scientist talk about LSST's observing strategy at #DPSEPSC.
@natelust presents false positive rate for #LSST moving objects. Work by @cts_xyz. #DPSEPSC
(Pictures and captions from Beth Willman’s twitter feed, @BethWillman.)
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