Calibration Station

The bright band of the Milky Way seems to spill from the open dome of the Rubin Auxiliary Telescope (AuxTel) in this image from the recent NOIRLab 2022 Photo Expedition. As well as the spectacular Milky Way, replete with intricate clouds of gas and dust, an amorphous airglow is visible along both horizons. 

The AuxTel will take a variety of measurements and calibrations during the operations of Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. These complementary data will be used to understand atmospheric conditions and make scientific observations more accurate as Rubin Observatory conducts its decade-long sky survey. In contrast to the new Simonyi Survey Telescope of Rubin Observatory, the AuxTel was repurposed for use at the observatory, a donation from astronomer Edgar Smith.

Rubin Observatory is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Once completed, Rubin will be operated jointly by NSF’s NOIRLab and DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to carry out the Legacy Survey of Space and Time.


Rubin Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Horálek (Institute of Physics in Opava)

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Release date:Sept. 13, 2023, noon
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