NSF’s NOIRLab (National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory) is a United States federally funded research and development center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy.

National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab)
NOIRLab logo.svg
NOIRLab logo[1]
MottoDiscovering Our Universe Together
Established2019 (2019)
Field of research
Astronomy
DirectorPatrick McCarthy
Deputy Director
Beth Willman
LocationTucson, Arizona, United States
Sponsoring agency
National Science Foundation
Operating agency
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
Websitenoirlab.edu Edit this at Wikidata

HistoryEdit

Before the foundation of the NOIRLab, NSF-sponsored optical-infrared ground-based astronomical facilities were managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), but were structured as separate organizations. These were the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), which managed Kitt Peak, Cerro Tololo and the Community Science and Data Center (CSDC). AURA managed Gemini Observatory as well as the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, then under construction.[2]

OrganizationEdit

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates the NOIRLab and its facilities under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).[3]

ProgramsEdit

NOIRLab operates the following programs:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NOIRLab logo". Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  2. ^ "NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched". 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2020-09-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "NOIRLab". AURA Astronomy. Retrieved 2020-09-11.