The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is an ambitious, US-led experiment to map most of the observable sky at optical wavelengths, revisiting each point on the sky approximately every three nights for ten years. Each visit will consist of multiple images spaced by about 15 seconds. This will provide an unprecedented look at the transient universe, discovering myriad phenomena that vary on timescales ranging from seconds to years. In addition, the cumulative exposures result in a very deep image of the night sky, providing optical characteristics for tens of billions of faint stars and galaxies. Balogh, Hudson, McNamara, Taylor and Afshordi are members of the LSST Consortium through a Memorandum of Assurance between the Dunlap Institute and the University of Waterloo. Balogh’s annual fee is supported by Dunlap at the level of 50%, and he is a member of the LSST Galaxies Science Collaboration. Percival was a member of LSST before moving to Canada and is looking at mechanisms to continue that membership.

Last updated: April 30, 2019

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