NOAO Currents

October 2016  •  Issue 41

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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In this Issue…

Maximizing Science in the LSST Era

Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: A recent community-based study takes a science-driven look at the question “What supporting OIR capabilities will be needed to maximize the science enabled by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)?” The study report quantifies needed capabilities and highlights ways that existing, planned, and future resources can be positioned to accomplish community science goals. Read more…

CHARA

Community access to the CHARA Array: Beginning in 2017B, the CHARA Array will be open to investigators interested in exploring the universe at milliarcsecond resolution in the optical and near-infrared. Community access is funded by an NSF/MSIP award. Proposals will be selected through the NOAO time allocation process. Read more…

LCOGT

Community access to Las Cumbres Observatory: Open access to the LCO global telescope network will be available to the US community, beginning in 2017, through the NOAO TAC. The LCO network includes nine 1m and two 2m optical telescopes that are optimized for time-domain studies. A call for proposals will be issued by NOAO in early 2017. Read more…

ZTF

ZTF Community Workshop: A community workshop, to be held on 3 January 2017 at the AAS meeting, will enable community input into public surveys to be carried out with the Zwicky Transient Facility. Feedback from the workshop will help determine the final survey parameters. Arrive early at the AAS meeting to participate in this workshop. Read more…

DECam Legacy Survey Announces DR3: The third data release from DECaLS includes reduced images and source catalogs covering [4300, 4600, 8100] square degrees of sky in [g, r, z] bands. Dive into survey images and explore the Universe with the survey’s Imagine Sky Viewer. DECaLS is one of three public surveys that will jointly image 14,000 square degrees of sky to provide targets for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument cosmology project. Read more…


Meeting on Developing a Time Domain Follow-up System: To foster the development of a time domain follow-up system capable of meeting community needs in the LSST era, NOAO and Las Cumbres Observatory will host a workshop on “Building the Infrastructure for Time-Domain Alert Science in the LSST Era” 22-25 May 2017 in Tucson. Read more…

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