The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of 39 US institutions and 7 international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. In addition, AURA is deeply committed to public and educational outreach
, and to diversity
throughout the astronomical and scientific workforce. AURA carries out its role through its astronomical facilities.
"To promote excellence in astronomical research by providing access to state-of-the-art facilities
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
National Optical Astronomical Observatory (NOAO)
National Solar Observatory (NSO)
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)