This 180-megapixel panorama shows the various Maunakea observatories including Gemini North, part of the International Gemini Observatory, a program of NSF's NOIRLab.

AURA and NSF’s NOIRLab Acknowledge Hawai‘i House Bill 2024

The International Gemini Observatory, a program of the National Science Foundation's (NSF’s) NOIRLab, which operates the Gemini North telescope on Maunakea, and its management ...
Continuing Updates on the Contreras Fire at Kitt Peak National Observatory

Continuing Updates on the Contreras Fire at Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Contreras Fire reached the Kitt Peak National Observatory during the early morning of Friday 17 June 2022. We are ...
Kitt Peak National Observatory Shuts Down Due to Contreras Fire

Kitt Peak National Observatory Shuts Down Due to Contreras Fire

A brush fire that has been designated the Contreras Fire is burning near Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in southern ...
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2022 AURA Annual Meeting

Each year the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) holds an Annual Meeting for the Representatives from its ...
AURA Board Endorses Principles for the Future Management of Astronomical Facilities on Maunakea

AURA Board Endorses Principles for the Future Management of Astronomical Facilities on Maunakea

At its April 28,2022 meeting the AURA Board of Directors endorsed the following principles for the future management of astronomical ...
Many Segments are now One Mirror

Many Segments are now One Mirror

Today NASA released the first image from Webb with all 18 segments focused and functioning together as a single 6.5-meter ...
Remembering Doug Tody, the ‘Father of IRAF’

Remembering Doug Tody, the ‘Father of IRAF’

Former NOAO employee Doug Tody, who was the visionary behind the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF), has passed away from complications ...
Webb Telescope emerging from the Ariane 5 faring

Why will it take six months to see JWST’s first science images?

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is ready for launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. More ...
Dr. Željko Ivezić

Dr. Željko Ivezić next Director of Rubin Observatory Construction Project

AURA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Željko Ivezić as the next Director of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Construction ...
NSO: DKIST Begins its Operations Commissioning Phase

NSO: DKIST Begins its Operations Commissioning Phase

commissioning phase (OCP). Starting on December 6, 2021, and weather permitting, DKIST will perform first science observations, implementing observing experiments ...
AURA Supports "Pathways to Discovery" Recommendations

AURA Supports “Pathways to Discovery” Recommendations

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) fully supports the scientific vision of Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy ...
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AURA opens applications in Chile for the Picetti Prize 2021

AURA in Chile is now accepting applications for the 2021 AURA Padre Picetti Award, open to all science teachers in ...