¿Qué es el Laboratorio Nacional de Investigación para la Astronomía Óptica-Infrarroja de la NSF?

As of 1 October 2019, all National Science Foundation-funded ground-based nighttime optical and infrared astronomical research facilities operate together in one organization called NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s NOIRLab). The new organization operates five scientific facilities: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO); the Community Science and Data Center (CSDC); Gemini Observatory; Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO); and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). It is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with NSF.

NOIRLab is the preeminent US center for ground-based optical-infrared astronomy, enabling 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.

NOIRLab serves as a focal point for community development of innovative scientific programs, the exchange of ideas, and domestic and international collaborations. 

Why was NOIRLab created?

NOIRLab serves as a focal point for community development of innovative scientific programs, the exchange of ideas and creative development. The lab’s programs enable the astronomy community to advance our 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. 

En el Community Science and Data Center, las instalaciones integradas podrán desarrollar análisis de datos y las capacidades de seguimiento observacional para dichas exploraciones, coordinar imágenes de alta resolución espacial y espectroscopía de fuentes seleccionadas, y organizar servicios de datos para acceso, consulta y análisis de conjuntos de datos de escala peta.

Where is NOIRLab located?

NOIRLab is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, in the same building where offices for Kitt Peak Operations, LSST Operations in the US and the Community Science and Data Center are located. The building formerly housed NOAO. 

NOIRLab’s observing facilities are located on Iolkam Du’ag (Kitt Peak) in Arizona, on Maunakea in Hawai’i, and on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in Chile. The Chilean offices for Gemini South, LSST in Chile and Cerro Tololo are located in La Serena, Chile. Gemini North offices are in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Consulte la página Contactos para un listado completo de instalaciones.

Who is NOIRLab’s Director?

NOIRLab’s Director is Patrick McCarthy. See the página del Liderazgo.

Which facilities are operated through NOIRLab?

NOIRLab operates five programs: el Observatorio Interamericano de Cerro Tololo (CTIO), el Community Science and Data Center (CSDC), Observatorio Nacional de Kitt Peak (KPNO), Observatorio Internacional Gemini, y el Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) operaciones.

Who manages NOIRLab?

NOIRLab is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) bajo un acuerdo de cooperación con la Fundación Nacional de Ciencias de los Estados Unidos (NSF).

What will happen to the US-ELT program under the new NOIRLab organization?

AURA’s portion of the design and development of the US-ELT Program will continue uninterrupted under NOIRLab.