AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 26 LSST
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[26.02] LSST EPO: Bringing the Changing Universe to the Public

S.H. Jacoby (LSST Corp), K.D. Borne (GMU, LSST, NVO), C. Christian (STScI, NVO), O. De Marco (AMNH, LSST), A. Larson (UW), C.R. Pennypacker (UCB), S.M. Pompea (NOAO), M.J. Raddick (JHU, SDSS), W. Rosing (Las Cumbres Observatory), R.T. Sparks (NOAO), U. Thakkar (NCSA, UIUC)

The potential for education and outreach with the LSST is as far reaching as the telescope itself. The LSST data will be open to the public and scientists around the world -- anyone with a web browser will be able to access and analyze images, data products, tools, and educational materials. Standing on the shoulders of SDSS, the LSST EPO group will be developing NVO-compliant data management strategies for the public. We describe ideas being explored in four areas:


\item Visualizing the vast LSST data set in science centers and planetaria;

\item Exploring real data in formal and informal education venues;

\item Creating partnerships of public, amateur, and professional astronomers for followup of alerts;

\item Enabling novel, internet-based, interactive public access to the changing universe.


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