The Vera C Rubin Observatory

An Online Lecture for GoSpaceWatch by Dr Lauren Corlies (An Online Lecture for GoSpaceWatch by Dr Lauren Corlies (Deputy Head of Education and Public Outreach, The Vera C Rubin Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA).

The goal of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory project is to conduct the 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). LSST will deliver a 500 petabyte set of images and data products that will address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it. The Rubin Observatory LSST is designed to address four science areas:

• Understanding Dark Matter and Dark Energy
• Hazardous Asteroids and the Remote Solar System
• The Transient Optical Sky
• The Formation and Structure of the Milky Way

The scientific questions that Rubin Observatory will address are profound, and yet the concept behind the design of Rubin Observatory is remarkably simple: conduct a deep survey over an enormous area of sky; do it with a frequency that enables images of every part of the visible sky to be obtained every few nights; and continue in this mode for ten years to achieve astronomical catalogs thousands of times larger than have ever previously been compiled.

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Dr Lauren Corlies:

Dr. Lauren Corlies joined the LSST EPO Team as the Astronomy Outreach Specialist in October of 2018 and was promoted to EPO Deputy in July 2019.  In this role, Lauren contributes to all aspects of the EPO program.  Examples include participating in the design of online notebooks that describe relevant astronomical concepts, contributing to written features throughout the website, curating content for the Skyviewer and science pages, overseeing support for citizen science PIs, liaising with members of LSST Science Collaborations, and assuring the scientific validity of EPO deliverables. 

Lauren is bringing her astronomy expertise to the EPO Team.  She recently completed a postdoc position at John Hopkins after receiving her PhD from Columbia. Her research has focused in general on the analysis of cosmological simulations and in particular on trying to understand the role and importance of the circumgalactic medium in galaxy evolution through simulated predictions of emission.