A Workshop on Explosive Transients with LSST

July 25-29, 2022, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana


The Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will provide an unprecedented window into the transient and variable Universe. Explosive Transients from LSST will probe stellar physics, trace feedback over cosmic time, measure the expansion history of the Universe, uncover the secrets of gravitational wave sources and much else.

"Boom!" is a workshop on explosive transients with LSST and will cover the road to time-domain science readiness, identify key pieces of shared infrastructure, and guide new users accessing LSST data products. We will foster collaborative efforts for obtaining follow-up observations, develop innovative extensions to our analyses, and improve communication with the LSST Team. This workshop will be from July 25-29th, 2022 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Registration is free and open to all professional astronomers involved in LSST. If you haven't joined one of the Science Collaborations, we will have representatives of several groups at the workshop to help you get started! Please register by July 9, 2022. Remote participation is fully supported for all sessions. Please note that we will use Zoom to facilitate remote participation throughout the workshop. If you do intend to present remotely, please do fill out the registration form (which will ask if you will attend remotely).

Code of Conduct

All attendees are required to abide by the LSST Meetings Code of Conduct.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1401 West Green Street.
Illinois, USA



Reservations can be made in a reserved block at either the TownePlace Suites and the Hampton Inn in Champaign-Urbana - you can also call both and mention "LSST UIUC Dept. of Astronomy" directly to book over phone if you prefer. Both are short walks from the Illini Union. There are also several other hotels and bed and breakfasts in town that are a short walk away.


In prep. A draft schedule is available above to aid in planning. A detailed schedule will be posted in June 2022.
In the meanwhile, if you would like to help advertise this workshop, you can download a copy of the meeting poster as JPG or PDF.




Air transportation to Champaign–Urbana arrives at the University of Illinois' Willard Airport (CMI). There are daily flights on American to Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT), Dallas Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) and of course, O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Other airports that people often drive a rental car from include Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, Indiana (120 miles/190 kilometers away); Midway Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois (140 miles/220 kilometers away); and Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), Bloomington, Illinois (less than 60 miles/100 kilometers away).


Daily bus service to and from O'Hare and Midway airports offered by Illini Shuttle and Peoria Charter.

You can also reach Champaign-Urbana via Amtrak train or Greyhound bus service.


The Illini Union is right on Green St. and within walking distance to several restaurants. Should you wish to explore further afield, rental cars are available at CMI. We suggest reserving these in advance.

Local bus service is provided by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for a fixed $1 fare. There are local taxi services, and there is plenty of coverage by ride-share services such as Lyft.


Need to reach one of the organizers? Send a quick email to, or post in #mtg_lsstboom on the LSSTC Slack.


Gautham Narayan (Chair, UIUC)
Federica Bianco (U. Delaware)
Simon Birrer (Stanford)
Rahul Biswas (Stockholm U.)
Will Clarkson (U. Michigan)
Tansu Daylan (Princeton)
Suhail Dhawan (Cambridge)
Alex Gagliano (UIUC)    
Yashar Hezaveh (Montreal)
Renée Hlo┼żek (U. Toronto)
Richard Kessler (U. Chicago)
Fabio Ragosta (INAF)
Bruno Sanchez (Duke)
Daniel Scolnic (Duke)
Aprajita Verma (Oxford)


This meeting is graciously supported by a grant from the LSST Corporation's Enabling Science Small Grants Program and by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.