A brief update of SSSC (Solar System Science Collaboration) happenings over the past month. A more detailed version will be sent out on the SSSC listserv.
Solar System Data Products Schema Final Feedback - At the Sprint , Mario Jurić has come up with a finalized draft of what values MOPS/LSST data management pipeline will produce for the community. You can see the new proposed draft here (look at the first tab of the spreadsheet only). We are asking SSSC members for feedback on the proposed changes to the schema.
Mini-survey/deep drilling fields/other cadence white papers - TheLSST cadence optimization call for white papers is now out. The white papers are the community’s only chance before the start of LSST operations to give our feedback on what LSST does with the time outside of the main Wide-Fast-Deep Survey (which goes nominally from 0 dec and southward). The SSSC is organizing an effort to respond to this call.
LSST2018 Project and Community Workshop: There will be three solar-system-themed sessions at LSST2018 during August 13-17, 2018: 1) Pipeline Development and Cadence Optimization for Solar System Science (Wed, Aug 15, 11:00am-12:30 MST); 2) Preparing to Do Solar System Science with LSST (Thu, Aug 16, 11:00am-12:30pm MST); Blending Challenges in Solar System Science (Thu, Aug 16, 1:30pm-3:00pm MST). The session organizers will send out the remote connection information prior to the sessions.
WFIRST/LSST Deep Fields: A Workshop is being organized on WFIRST+LSST Deep Fields to be held at Princeton, NJ on August 30-31, 2018. Details on the schedule, registration, and remote viewing information can be found here.
MPC Submission format- Starting on 2018 July 25, the Minor Planet Center will accept ADES-format submissions from all observers.
Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) MiniBroker - a miniBroker for the ZTF alert stream is now available. ZTF alerts may be a great testbed for LSST-science developed SSSC community software.
Active Objects Working Group -Alan Fitzsimmons has stepped down as Active Objects Working Group Lead. Thank you Alan for your service to the SSSC. Mike Kelley has been appointed interim working group lead. David and I have started the process of gathering nominations for the next Active Objects Working Group Lead.
LSST Solar System Data Products Overview Talk- Mario gave a talk at the joint project science team + science collaboration chairs call on LSST alert stream in June. The slides and video are available. Note that the database schema and role of the MPC has been further discussed and clarified at the Sprint (see Mario’s slides from that talk as well).
LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program - LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) is now accepting applications for new students. The LSSTC DSFP is a supplement to graduate education in astronomy, intended to teach astronomy students essential skills for dealing with big data with a focus on LSST data… The program consists of three one-week schools per year over two years. No prior experience with data science is required. The deadline to apply is August 22nd