Welcome to the LSST:UK website

This website provides information about UK participation in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), a next-generation sky survey to be conducted on a facility under construction in Chile. The UK astronomical community is delighted to be participating in this exceptional project, which will drive research in all areas of astronomy.

LSST is one of the most ambitious science projects planned for the next decade, and a key part of the astronomical landscape in the 2020s and 2030s. It will make advances over a large range of science, from potentially hazardous asteroids, through the structure of the Milky Way, to the most distant quasars, and the nature of dark matter and dark energy - all areas where UK astronomers stand poised to make leading contributions.

Originally a US project, LSST is now transforming into an international one, and the UK astronomical community is playing its full part in preparation for the start of LSST operations in 2024. With support from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), the LSST:UK Consortium has created the LSST:UK Science Centre, a distributed team of researchers and software developers addressing the scientific and technical challenges that must be met before astronomers can make their discoveries within the multi-Petabyte dataset that LSST will produce during its ten-year sky survey.

We will update these pages on a regular basis, throughout the development, commissioning and operational phases of the telescope. Contact us for further information about the LSST project and the UK role within it.

Last updated: 01 Nov 2022 at 15:32