Science Collaborations

Science Collaborations


The LSST facility is an 8-meter class ground based optical telescope with a 3.5 degree diameter field-of-view and a 3 billion pixel camera. It is designed to survey the entire visible sky every few nights with short repeated exposures.
During its 10 year mission the LSST survey will cover more than 20,000 square degrees through 6 filters spanning the visible spectrum (350 - 1025 nm) providing both a deep (r ~ 27) census of billions of objects and a movie-like view of the cosmos as it unfolds on multiple timescales. This wide, fast and deep 10-year survey will provide the next great advance in our understanding of some of the most compelling questions in astronomy and astrophysics
The LSST data management system will process, archive and distribute the survey data as well as associated transient alerts and generated catalogs. These data and data products will be provided to the public without any proprietary period.

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 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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