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.
Last chance to give input on the LSST Solar System database schema - The main way to give your input on what vital values and information should be reported in the LSST alert stream and also in the stored in the LSST Solar System database schema is to fill out a google form sent to SSSC members. This is also the SSSC’s chance to decide whether G12, H should be calculated and reported by data management or G1, G2, H2 (likely only one will be provided to us). In July, we will prepare to consolidate the feedback and send the results to data management
Call for LSST Cadence Optimization White Paper Call (including requests for mini-surveys, cadence tweaks, and deep drilling field proposals) is expected to be issued by LSST project in the coming weeks. The SSSC will be organizing an effort to respond to this call. Some details can be found in this presentation at LSST@Europe3 . In particular, the Solar System community will need to justify and defend the need for the North Ecliptic Spur. The SSSC Readiness Sprint will be used as an initial forum to kickstart this process, but we will make sure there are opportunities and avenues available for anyone who is interested in contributing to this effort. More details will be provided in July, once the call is made available.
!st LSST Solar System Readiness Sprint - The Sprint will be July 10-12, 2018 at the University of Washington in Seattle. 22 people were invited to attend the sprint (all those who signed up). Attendees,
Drafting a publication policy/recommended guidelines proposal - Now that we have the feedback from the SSSC on a future publication policy/recommended guidelines, we would like to form a small committee to draft up a proposed set of guidelines for the SSSC to consider adopting. SSSC members are encouraged to volunteer to join on the committee by June 30th 9pm PDT.
SSSC Roadmap Next Steps -The working groups leads are continuing on with the next batch of quantitative measures for additional bullet points in the science roadmap.
Precurssor LSST Alerts/Data - Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF alert stream is now online and publicly available. ZTF is a time domain survey utilizing then Palomar 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope including the detection and monitoring of Solar System objects. Details available here and here. ZTF alerts can may be a great testbed for LSST-science developed SSSC community software.