Permitiendo descubrimientos innovadores en astrofísica con observatorios, productos de datos y servicios de vanguardia para una comunidad diversa e inclusiva.

NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s NOIRLab) is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. The mission of NOIRLab is to enable breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community. 

Mediante sus cinco programas: el Observatorio Interamericano de Cerro Tololo (CTIO), el Community Science and Data Center (CSDC), Observatorio Gemini, Observatorio Nacional de Kitt Peak (KPNO) and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory once operational — NOIRLab serves as a focal point for community development of innovative scientific programs, the exchange of ideas, and creative development. The lab’s infrastructure enables the astronomy community to advance humanity’s understanding of the Universe by exploring significant areas of astrophysics, including dark energy and dark matter, galaxies and quasars, the Milky Way, exoplanets, and small bodies in our own Solar System.

NOIRLab enhances the strengths of each facility and provides new opportunities for staff while expanding scientific capabilities and improving the experience for users. By providing cutting-edge facilities that benefit both the staff and the scientific community, the lab positively impacts ground-based nighttime astronomical science. In addition, the lab focuses on developing international collaborations and partnerships to advance ground-based optical and infrared facilities and capabilities.

In collaboration with the astronomical community, partner organizations, other US optical and infrared system operators, and NSF, NOIRLab develops and advances a strategic vision for NSF-funded future optical and infrared facilities.

The astronomical community is honored to have the opportunity to conduct astronomical research on Iolkam Du’ag (Kitt Peak) in Arizona, on Maunakea in Hawai’i, and on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in Chile. NOIRLab recognizes and acknowledges the very significant cultural role and reverence that these sites have to the Tohono O’odham Nation, to the Native Hawai’ian community, and to the indigenous peoples of Chile, respectively.

La Asociación de Universidades para la Investigación en Astronomía, Inc. (AURA) opera estas instalaciones junto con el Laboratorio Nacional para la Investigación de Astronomía Óptica-Infrarroja de la NSF bajo un acuerdo cooperativo con la Fundación Nacional para las Ciencias (NSF).



Programas
Gestión integrada y operación de instalaciones de última generación y servicios de soporte
Liderazgo
Creando un mundo en donde el descubrimiento de astrofísica inspira e involucra a toda la humanidad
Carreras
Creando una fuerza laboral diversa de clase mundial y un ambiente inclusivo con beneficios de primera