NOTICE: This site is no longer being actively maintained
On October 1, 2019 NOAO joined with Gemini Observatory and Rubin Observatory operations to create a new organization, NSF’s NOIRLab. The content of this site is being migrated to our new domain: The public site has been launched and is the main web portal for the public and media. Many links on this site may redirect you to the new site. For now, scientists and astronomers can still find information about Kitt Peak, CTIO, and CSDC on the old site ( October 28, 2020

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Contact Information

Dr. Stephen Pompea
Public Information Officer
(520) 318-8285

For queries on science results from NOAO contact:
Dr. Joan Najita
Chief Scientist
(520) 318-8416

For inquiries about the Kitt Peak Visitor Center's Nighttime Programs, please call 520-318-8726.

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NOAO News and Information

  • NOAO Press Releases
  • NOAO Newsletter
    The NOAO Newsletter is published semi-annually in March and September. Back issues are available starting with June 1992.
  • NOAO Currents
    Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

Images and other media

NOAO’s Image Gallery is world renowned for its beautiful images of nebulae, galaxies and more of the wonders of our Universe.

NOAO has been a regular contributor to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast since its inception for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

We also have downloadable audio tours (podcasts) of several telescopes on Kitt Peak.