NOAO pioneered the development of robust, versatile astronomical software, leading to the development of IRAF, the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility in the 1980s. IRAF is still widely used and is updated and maintained by NOAO. The new era of data mining and the virtual observatory has motivated an extension of NOAO’s software efforts to include automatic data reduction pipelines as well as online access to archived raw and reduced data and uniform datasets from our survey program.


Last updated or reviewed February 8, 2016.