The Outer Solar System and the Legacy Survey of Space and Time Workshop

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is currently under construction in Chile. This international facility will radically transform our view of the changing night sky. Rubin Observatory will contain an 8.4-m telescope equipped with the world’s largest optical imager, a 3.2-gigapixel camera capable of capturing a 10 square degree patch of the night sky (~40 times the size of the full Moon) in a single exposure. Starting at the end of 2025/in early 2026, the Rubin Observatory will carry out the widest and deepest optical survey to date, the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), scanning the entire visible sky approximately once every three nights for ten years.

In addition to discovering millions of various types of explosive transients per night, the LSST will provide an unprecedented dataset to explore the Solar System’s small body inventory. LSST will enable the discovery and monitoring of over 5 million Main Belt asteroids, almost 300,000 Jupiter Trojans, over 100,000 Near Earth Objects, more than 40,000 Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), tens of interstellar objects (ISOs), and thousands of comets. Many of these objects will receive hundreds of observations in multiple bandpasses over a ten-year baseline. In this workshop, we will provide an update on the construction of the Observatory, the development of the Rubin Solar System Processing Pipelines, and the expected Rubin data products. We will present the unique Outer Solar System science opportunities that will be available in the LSST era and highlight avenues for future synergies within the planetary community focusing on opportunities for studying the Centaurs, TNOs, and ISOs.

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