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Rubin Digest 23 May 2018

23 May 2018

Project & Science News

Don’t forget to register for LSST 2018 using this link. The deadline for registration is July 9.

LSST was mentioned in a recent article by Ellen Meyer (UMBC) about the future of astronomy and data, originally published in The Conversation and re-printed in the San Francisco Chronicle and at

In Spain, a reception was held at the factory of LSST vendor Asturfeito on May 14 to acknowledge the significance of the work completed on the Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA). Approximately 200 people attended, including local government officials and industry dignitaries. A news article describing the event can be found here.

Installation of the first summit network equipment took place on Cerro Pachón at the beginning of May. After readying the summit computer room, which included ensuring the space was appropriately clean and temperature-controlled, the IT team began installing servers in this space, which will serve as the central hub of communications on Cerro Pachón. Read more about the installation in this recent news post.

in Tucson, preparations are underway for the assembly and testing of the calibration equipment that will be mounted on the Auxiliary Telescope (AT) in order to measure atmospheric transmission during LSST operations. In early May, the cryostat and associated peripherals arrived at the Project Office workshop in Tucson. The cryostat contains the sensor that will be used to image spectra from the AT’s spectrograph, cooling it to a temperature of -100 degrees Celsius (-150 F) Read more details in this news post.

New photos showing construction progress on the Summit Facility on Cerro Pachón are now available in the LSST Gallery.

Did you know you can order clothing items featuring the LSST logo at Land’s End? Use this link to browse and place your order.

Personnel News

Dr. Leanne Guy joined LSST on May 14 as the Data Management (DM) Subsystem Scientist. In this role, Leanne will ensure DM initiatives provide solutions that meet the overall LSST science goals by leading the definition and understanding of these goals and communicating them to the DM engineering team. Leanne will also be a member of the Change Control Board and the Project Science Team.

New employment opportunities with LSST are now open for applications: Senior Optics Lead (Tucson/Chile), Electronics Engineer (Chile), and EPO Senior Software Engineer (Tucson). These and other open positions with LSST can be found at this link.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


June 4-8: TVSSC (Transient and Variable Stars Science Collaboration) Survey Strategy Proposal Preparation Workshop, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA*

June 10-15: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation Meeting, Austin, TX

June 11-15: LSST@Europe3, Lyon, France*

June 19-21: Data Visualization and Exploration in the LSST Era, University of IL/NCSA, Champaign, IL*

July 10-12: 1st Solar System Science Collaboration Science Readiness Sprint, Seattle, Washington.*

July 23-27: LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration meeting, DE School and Sprint Day, Carnegie Mellon University PA*

July 30-Aug 3: NSF/DOE Joint Status Review, Tucson, AZ

August 13-17: LSST Project and Community Workshop 2018, Tucson, AZ

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