Through its five facilities — Cerro Tololo, CSDC, Gemini Observatory, Kitt Peak and LSST — NSF’s National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab) will serve as a focal point for community development of innovative scientific programs, exchange of ideas, and creative development. NSF’s OIR Lab’s infrastructure will enable the astronomy community to advance 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.

Cerro Tololo Observatory

Cerro Tololo Observatory

From the first observations in 1965, Cerro Tololo, located in Chile, has served as the principal platform for U.S. astronomical
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Community Science & Data Center

Community Science & Data Center

Programs within the CSDC division support and enable a broad range of astronomical community science activities across the US ground-based
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Gemini Observatory

Gemini Observatory

Twin 8.1-meter diameter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best observing sites on the planet.
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Telescopes of the Kitt Peak Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Founded in 1958, Kitt Peak National Observatory is home to one of the largest arrays of optical and radio telescopes
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LSST Operations

LSST Operations

Under construction, with an exceptionally wide field of view, LSST will survey the entire sky every three nights.
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