Current and future optical surveys for cosmology
LSST's View of the Outer Solar System
Wesley Fraser
Alan Fitzsimmons
Queen's University, Belfast
The UK has become a main partner in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Science Consortium. Expecting to detect and optically characterize over 6 million Solar System Objects, the LSST represents a major fundamental step forward in large scale Solar System survey science. I will discuss the basic observing strategies utilized by the LSST, and how they can be best exploited for Solar System science. I will also discuss various aspects of small body science in which the LSST will have a massive impact. With a small dose of what the LSST will not be able to do, I will touch on light curve characterization, colour measurement, occultation measurement, and size distribution aspects of the outer Solar System's small body populations. In addition, I will discuss the not so obvious science products, including binary characterization, and occultation prediction. Finally, I will discuss the possibility that the LSST may directly discover the purported planet Nine.


13:30 - 15:00
EX - LT1 (100)