January 24, 2023 - To kick off 2023, Vera C. Rubin Observatory staff and members of the Rubin science community participated in the American Astronomical Society’s Winter meeting (AAS 241) on January 8-12. The conference, which was attended by over 3000 in-person participants, was held in Seattle, WA. There were a number of ways for people to engage with Rubin Observatory at this year’s meeting, including an exhibit booth optimally located just inside the entrance to the exhibit hall. The Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team took advantage of the heavy booth traffic to promote their program which features a new website, animated videos, classroom investigations for astronomy teachers, and a video game called Space Surveyors. It was fun to watch people at the conference compete with each other to get the highest Space Surveyors score of the day to win a prize!
On the third evening of the meeting, Rubin Observatory hosted a Town Hall, where a diverse audience gathered to hear updates given by Rubin leadership and staff, representatives from the Rubin Science Collaborations, and the LSST Corporation.
Lots of people stopped by the booth throughout the week to chat informally with Rubin staff and scientists, and there were dozens of presentations and panel discussions with Rubin participation.
The Town Hall presentation is available on Zenodo, and here’s an album of photos taken at the meeting.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, 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 Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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