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Sharing the wonders of our Universe within our communities and schools is deeply embedded in AURA’s mission. Over the past 50 years, research conducted at AURA astronomical observatories has led to many major discoveries about our planet, our solar system and our Universe. These discoveries have transformed our understanding of our world.

Through our public and educational outreach efforts we bring this wonderment to our public schools and libraries. The Visitor Centers at AURA observatories draw thousands each year. Our research experiences for students and teachers have inspired the next generation of astronomers. We want to continue to expand the reach of our efforts.

AURA is funded exclusively by grants and contracts with the federal government and our access to resources to fund existing and create new programs is very limited. We need your help to maintain and expand our educational outreach, facilities and provide opportunities for students in need to fuel the future of exploration of our universe.
 
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Friends of NSO - For those who have benefitted from the National Solar Observatory's facilities at Sac Peak and Kitt Peak, to provide support for students and enhance their research careers.
   
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