November 4, 2016 - University of Washington (UW) astronomy Research Scientists John Parejko and David Reiss presented "LSST: Mining the Universe in 4D" to a crowd of 250-300 beer drinkers at a local Seattle bar for a special edition of "Astronomy on Tap”. This monthly event organized by UW astronomy students partnered with TEDx this time around and drew thier typical crowd of about 300 enthusiastic attendees. David and John presented a broad overview of LSST, including descriptions of the project and its hardware and software, as well as its anticipated static-sky and transient-sky science impacts. The night also included LSST trivia (some math required), space-related costumes, and informed heckling ("Tunguska, baby!"). The event was a rousing success, as can be seen on their social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. Video recordings of the talks are available as well on YouTube!
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).
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