National Optical Astronomy Observatory


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National Optical Astronomy Observatory

(NOAO) A US organization bringing under one administration the national facilities for optical astronomy at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona; Cerro Tololo Inter–American Observatory, Chile; and Sacramento Peak Observatory, New Mexico. The National Solar Observatory, formerly run by the NOAO, now has its own director. Founded in 1982, the NOAO was set up to consolidate all the groundbased optical astronomy observatories under the control of the US Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), a consortium of US universities under contract to the National Science Foundation. The headquarters of the NOAO are in Tucson, Arizona. The NOAO also represents the US astronomical community in the International Gemini Project through its NOAO Gemini Science Center at Tucson (see Gemini Telescopes).
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Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory has 24 telescopes aimed skyward around the city's perimeter, and its cadre of astronomers needs a dark sky to work with.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, establishment of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona, and construction of several observatories on nearby Kitt Peak, finally gave all U.
SPIE -- The International Society for Optical Engineering and the Optical Society of America (OSA), along with Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), have been awarded a $1.
Douglas Isbell is associate director for public affairs and educational outreach for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the U.
To obtain the dark matter distribution, David Wittman, Anthony Tyson and David Kirkman of Bell Labs, along with two collaborators, Ian Dell'Antonio of both the National Optical Astronomy Observatory as well as Brown University and Gary Bernstein of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, used a method known as weak gravitational lensing, in which they analyzed the light from 145,000 very distant galaxies for evidence of distortions produced by dark matter that lay in its path.
It turns out that buckyballs are much more common and abundant in the universe than initially thought," said astronomer Letizia Stanghellini of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Ariz.
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory, as it's now called, continues to be a major force, not only on Kitt Peak but at other sites and sometimes in collaboration with other institutions and consortia.

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