- O/IR System
The NOAO building at 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, Arizona on the University of Arizona campus is the location of NOAO’s headquarters. The majority of the NOAO scientific, engineering, and administrative staff work from this site. This building also houses the headquarters for Kitt Peak National Observatory, which is about 55 miles southwest of the city.
Kitt Peak is home to the Mayall 4m telescope, the 2.1m telescope and a number of partner and tenant facilities.
The headquarters for NOAO’s activities in the southern hemisphere, including operations on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachon is in La Serena, Chile. La Serena is a city of 160,000 on the coast of northern Chile.
Cerro Tololo is the site of the Blanco 4m telescope and a number of partner and tenant facilities. Cerro Pachon is the location of the Gemini South telescope, the SOAR 4.2m telescope and the future site of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
Last updated or reviewed December 14, 2016.