1 August 2022: Latest update on the Contreras Fire at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The observatory remains closed. Read more.
We are currently not hosting public visitors at the summit or base facilities. Given the continuously evolving nature of the pandemic, we currently do not have a reopening date. When a date is available we will share it on our website and social media. The timeline may be different for each site.
10 August 2022
Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program for the August cycle. Apply by 12:00 noon Hawai‘i Standard Time on 31 August 2022 for queue observations from 1 October to 31 December 2022! Please check the 22B telescope…
21 July 2022
Access to both Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in Chile was suspended this past week due to an unusually powerful Chilean winter snow storm.
21 July 2022
Registration is open for Black Holes at All Scales! This will be the 8th annual Community Science Meeting hosted by the Giant Magellan Telescope project.
NSF’s NOIRLab (formally named the National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory) is the national center for nighttime astronomy. For the first time, all of the nighttime optical/infrared observatories funded by NSF are unified into a single organization. The integration of the Mid-scale Observatories (MSO - Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, CTIO, Kitt Peak National Observatory, KPNO) the Community Science & Data Center (CSDC), the Gemini Observatory, and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory creates a powerful capability for discovery, technology development, STEM workforce growth, and education. NOIRLab empowers astronomers to tackle the most pressing questions in astrophysics today and opens up new discovery space for the future.