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COVID-19 update on AURA Operations and Facilities

UPDATE March 25 - In response to the continued COVID-19 outbreak in the US and Chile, AURA is announcing the following changes at our facilities, effective immediately and until further notice: ...
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NSF’s Newest Solar Telescope Produces First Images

NSF’s Newest Solar Telescope Produces First Images

Just released first images from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. NSF’s ...
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Vera Rubin at work on her telescope

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Named After Astronomer Vera C. Rubin

Poised to conduct a vast, deep astronomical survey of the dynamic Universe from high in the Chilean Andes, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will now be named the NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory (Rubin ...
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10-28 UPDATE: AURA Status during current situation in Chile

Late Friday October 18, Chilean President Sebastian Piñera declared a state of emergency in the province of Santiago, Valparaiso, Concepción, Rancagua and La Serena/Coquimbo and a curfew was established ...
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NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

NSF and AURA are proud to announce the launch of integrated operations of all of NSF’s nighttime astronomical facilities under NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab) ...
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Gemini Observatory Captures Multicolor Image of First-ever Interstellar Comet

The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple colors. The image of the newly discovered object, denoted C/2019 Q4(Borisov), was obtained on the night of ...
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