Town-Hall Meetings on LSST

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is an 8.4-m optical and infrared telescope about to commence construction on Cerro Pachón, Chile. Over the 10-year period 2022 to 2032, LSST will image 18,000 deg^2 of the sky in six bands, visiting every position about 800 times to reach a final co-added magnitude limit r = 27.5. LSST will be transformational for a wide range of topics in astronomy, including weak lensing, BAOs, supernovae, NEOs, stellar astronomy, galaxy evolution, Galactic structure and transients. LSST will also explore new frontiers in astronomy data management, producing 30 TB of data and approximately one million transient alerts per night.

LSST offers many scientific opportunities and synergies for Australian astronomers. To update the community on LSST and to initiate discussion about possible Australian participation in LSST, we will be holding a national series of town-hall meetings on LSST over the week of 27-31 October 2014. Our special guests for these events will be Professor Steven Kahn (LSST Director) and Professor Željko Ivezić (LSST Project Scientist). The town-halls will be as follows:


Each workshop will run over approximately 9.30am-3.30pm (tbc), and will feature overviews from Professors Kahn and Ivezić, contributed talks from Australian astronomers on proposed LSST science, and ample time for discussion about LSST and Australian participation. We invite you to register your attendance at one of these meetings, and to consider making a presentation on your science plans for LSST.

To resiger up for your local LSST town-hall and submit an abstract please click on the links below. The deadline for registration and for abstracts is 1 October. There is no fee for attendance but registrations is required for catering purposes.

We thank CAASTRO, AAO, RSAA, Swinburne, ICRAR and the LSST Corporation for their generous sponsorship of this activity.




Image credit on main page: LSST Project Office