A Workshop on Explosive Transients with LSST

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


The 2022 edition of Boom! was a blast! Thank you all, virtual or in-person, for making it a wonderful success!
Boom! Friday Survivor Group Picture

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). You can download a copy of the meeting poster as JPG or PDF.

Code of Conduct

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

COVID remains an ongoing global pandemic & masking is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
For the safety of all participants, please consider testing before and after all travel.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illini Room A

1401 West Green Street.
Illinois, USA

Here is a PDF guide to help you get to the actual meeting room within the Illini Union



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.


Use the teamup widget to navigate the meeting schedule. Clicking on individual talks will display title and abstract. Registration for Boom! is closed for 2022, but do check back for future editions!





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.



The meeting provides breakfast and a couple of tea and coffee breaks during the day. We will have a conference dinner on Thursday at Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, graciously sponsored by the Breakthrough Listen Project. We encourage you to group up with other attendees for lunch and dinner.

Here is a curated PDF guide to some of our favorite local restaurants in town


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. The conference dinner on Thursday is funded by the Breakthrough Listen Project.