EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019
Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) | Geneva | Switzerland
15–20 September 2019
Geneva | Switzerland
15–20 September 2019
Getting Ready for LSST: 5+ million small bodies, 1+ billion observations
Convener: Ranpal Gill | Co-conveners: Mario Juric, Joachim Moeyens
Thu, 19 Sep, 13:30–15:15
Ceres (Room 14)

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST; http://lsst.org) is an 8-meter, wide-field, ground-based survey program that will survey half the sky every few nights in six optical bands from 320 to 1050 nm. The LSST telescope is currently being constructed at Cerro Pachón, Chile, with first light expected in 2020 and start of survey operations in late 2022.

The LSST is slated to make a significant contribution to the study of the Solar System, delivering over a billion highly precise observations of millions of Solar System objects (5mmag photometry and 10mas astrometry, per observation, at the bright end). Current estimates show yields ranging from ~100,000 new discoveries of nearby NEOs, to 5.5 million for the main belt, and ~40,000 for KBO populations. The majority of these objects will receive hundreds of observations in multiple bandpasses.

This dataset presents tremendous opportunities for Solar System science. This meeting will overview the science possibilities, report on project status and expected data products, and discuss how to get involved in preparations for science with LSST.