The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project held its fifth All Hands Meeting August 13-17, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, located approximately 30 miles north of Tucson. 

All Hands Meetings (AHM) are week-long conferences designed to bring together members of the Science Collaborations, advisory boards, and engineers and scientists building the observatory system to share ideas and maximize the broader impact of LSST. And this year, the meeting enjoyed unprecedented support with more than 260 registered participants.

Information from the meeting, including presentation slides, the agenda, and a list of attendees can be accessed from the menu to the right.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is the top-ranked large-scale ground-based project for the next decade, as recommended by the National Research Council’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2010).  By digitally imaging the sky in six bands for a decade, the LSST will produce a petabyte-scale, non-proprietary database enabling new paradigms of knowledge discovery and sustainable partnerships for transformative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  LSST will address some of the most pressing questions in astronomy and physics while driving advances in big-data science and computing.  In addition to technical staff and management personnel, the collaboration building LSST involves more than 400 astronomers from over 70 institutions in the United States who contribute to the project without compensation. Not just “another telescope”, LSST is a facility that will transform the deep sky into a new understanding of the Universe available to all.