AstroWeb: Infrared Astronomy

The maintenance of the AstroWeb database of astronomical resources has been discontinued on 10 July 2010; its contents is still available but represents the status of Astroweb at that date.

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AKARI (formerly ASTRO-F) is an infrared sky survey mission from Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) with the participation of the European Space Agency (ESA). - Categories: telescope infrared space survey

Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS)
The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) will be installed in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during a Space Shuttle mission scheduled in 2000. ACS will increase the discovery efficiency of the HST by a factor of ten. ACS will consist of three electronic cameras and a complement of filters and dispersers that detect light from the ultraviolet at 1200 angstroms to the near infrared at 10,000 angstroms. - Categories: telescope infrared optical space ultraviolet

Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO)
The Anglo-Australian Observatory operates the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt Telescopes at Siding Spring, Australia, and a laboratory on the same campus as the ATNF in the Sydney Suburb of Epping. - Categories: dept infrared optical telescope

Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (AST/RO)
AST/RO is a 1.7 meter diameter off-axis telescope for research in astronomy and aeronomy at wavelengths between 200 microns and 2 mm. The instrument is now operating at the South Pole with four heterodyne receivers and three acousto-optical spectrometers. - Categories: telescope infrared radio

Apache Point Observatory (APO)
APO is privately owned and operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium. Located near Sunspot, New Mexico, the observatory consists of a 3.5-meter telescope, the 2.5-meter Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope, and two smaller telescopes. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Astronomical Data Center (ADC)
The Astronomical Data Center (ADC), at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, is a cooperative effort between the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)/ World Data Center A for Rockets and Satellites (WDC-A-R&S) and its parent organization, the Space Science Data Operations Office . Currently, the ADC archives hold more than 670 catalogs of astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, radio, and other miscellaneous data for stellar and nonstellar objects. The data were acquired through exchanges with the Centre de Donn'ees Astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) , other astronomical data centers throughout the world, and by direct contributions from the international astronomical community. - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical radio ultraviolet

Astrophysical CATalogs support System of the Special Astrophysical Observatory (CATS)
Astrophysical CATalogs Support System (CATS) of the Special Astrophysical observatory includes a large number of astrophysical catalogs (mostly radioastronomical) and allows users to select sources from the CATS by different parameters, to make cross-identifications with user's lists and to study radio spectra of radio sources. - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical radio

Atomic Line List
The atomic line list is a compilation of approximately 855,000 allowed, intercombination and forbidden atomic transitions with wavelengths in the range from 0.5 Å to 1000 µm. Its primary intention is to allow the identification of observed atomic absorption or emission features. The list is nearly complete for all ionization stages of all elements up to zinc. Transition probabilities are available for nearly 14% of the lines; they are mostly derived from Opacity Project data. - Categories: physics center high_energy infrared optical ultraviolet

Automated Patrol Telescope (APT)
The Automated Patrol Telescope (APT) is a wide-field CCD imaging telescope, which is operated by the University of New South Wales at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

INACTIVE LINK ? - 326 --- Bernard Lyot Telescope (UPS)
2 m Cassegrain telescope operating in the visible domain. Located at 2878 m high on the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrénées. [also in French] - Categories: telescope infrared optical

CCD-world (Charge-Coupled Device)
A mailing list for the discussion of issues relating to the use of CCD and SWIR systems in professional astronomy. The list address is - Categories: mailing_list infrared optical

COsmic Background Explorer (COBE) - Categories: telescope infrared radio space

Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
CFHT is a joint facility of the National Research Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii. The CFH observatory hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope. The observatory is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, a 4200 meter, dormant volcano located on the island of Hawaii. The CFH Telescope became operational in 1979.
There is a Mirror copy of the Web site at CDS.
A CFHT page at CADC has information about the CFHT archive, CCDs, proposal template and manuals. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Canada France Hawaii Telescope (ftp) (CFHT) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn & Titan (Cassini)
Saturn and Titan will be the destination for the Cassini mission, a project under joint development by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The U.S. portion of the mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. - Categories: planetary center infrared optical particles radio space telescope ultraviolet

Catalog of Infrared Observations (CIO)
The Catalog of Infrared Observations is a database of over 200,000 published infrared observations of more than 10,000 individual astronomical sources over the wavelength range from 1 to 1000 microns. The catalog is available for downloading via ftp. - Categories: survey center infrared

Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica (CARA) - Categories: dept infrared other_astronomy telescope

Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA Array)
CHARA research is focused on the development of astronomical long-baseline optical/infrared interferometry and the application of interferometry to high resolution observations leading to the determination of the astrophysical properties of stars. The Center operates the CHARA Array, a six-telescope optical/infrared interferometric array in a Y-shaped array contained within a 400m diameter circle (on Mount Wilson, California). This configuration will provide high resolution interferometry in the visible spectral region as well as the K spectral band (2.2 micron), with a limiting resolution of 0.2 milliarcsec in the visible. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO)
Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory is a complex of astronomical telescopes and instruments located approximately 80 km to the East of La Serena, Chile at an altitude of 2200 Meters.
CTIO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA), under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation as part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

China National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC)
The NAOC-Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) were officially founded on April 25, 2001 through the bringing together of four CAS observatories, three CAS observing stations and one CAS research centre. The Headquarters of the NAOC are situated in the northern suburbs of Beijing on the site of the former Beijing Astronomical Observatory (BAO), and take responsibility for all matters relating to the former BAO. [also in Chinese] - Categories: telescope infrared optical radio

Climenhaga Observatory (Canada) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

DEep Near Infrared Survey of the Southern Sky (DENIS - IAP)
DENIS is a deep complete survey of the astronomical sources of the Southern Sky in 2 near-infrared bands (J at 1.25 micron & K at 2.16 micron) and one optical band (I at 0.8 micron) simultaneously, using a one meter ground-based telescope at La Silla (Chile), with limiting magnitudes 18.5, 16.5 and 14.0, respectively. - Categories: center infrared optical survey

DEep Near Infrared Survey of the Southern Sky: Point Source Database (DENIS)
DENIS is a deep astronomical survey of the Southern Sky in two near-infrared bands (J at 1.25 µ and K at 2.16 µ) and one optical band (I at 0.8 µ) simultaneously, conducted by a European consortium, using a one meter telescope (ESO, La Silla). The survey started in 1996 and is expected to be completed in 2000.
The Centre de Données Astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) is implementing the final point source databases and is providing access of the processed and calibrated data to the worldwide community. - Categories: center infrared optical survey

Danish telescopes around the world - Categories: telescope infrared optical other_astronomy

Denver Univ. Astronomy (DU)
DU Astronomy research and Observatories, among which: Mt.Evans Meyer-Womble Observatory located at 14,124 feet above sea level, on Mt.Evans in the Front Range of Colorado, used for infrared astronomy research. - Categories: dept infrared telescope

Edinburgh Royal Observatory (ROE)
This site offers information about the extensive activities of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, a PPARC establishment responsible for building common-user IR and sub-mm instrumentation and managing telescope sites and data archive resources, as well as the UK Schmidt Telescope and the SuperCOSMOS measuring machine. The ROE site also has links to, or acts as the home page for: and much more information besides. - Categories: dept center infrared survey telescope

El Leoncito Astronomical Complex (CASLEO)
The Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito is an astronomical facility operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina and the Universities of La Plata, Córdoba and San Juan.
Its main telescope is a 2.15 meter reflector, equipped with direct CCD camera, spectrographs, a photopolarimeter and other instruments. It is located at 2552 meters above the sea level, in a high quality astronomical site in the mountains of Calingasta, 240 km away from the city of San Juan (Argentina).
The use of this facility is open to the national and international astronomical community. [also in Spanish] - Categories: telescope infrared optical

European Northern Observatory (ENO)
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and its Observatories (the Observatorio de Teide, on Tenerife, and the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, on La Palma) make up a Spanish research and observational centre, which, since 1979, has been open to the international scientific community and effectively constitute the European Northern Observatory (ENO). [also in Spanish] - Categories: telescope dept infrared optical

Exploration of Neighboring Planetary Systems (ExNPS)
NASA's plan for the Exploration of Neighboring Planetary Systems (ExNPS) consists of a long term program of continuous scientific discovery and technological development leading ultimately to the detection and characterization of Earth-like planets around nearby stars. - Categories: telescope infrared optical planetary space

FOcal Reducer/low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS, ESO VLT)
The two FORS instruments are designed as all-dioptric focal reducers for the ESO Very Large Telescope. They are capable of doing : direct imaging , long slit grism spectroscopy , multi object grism spectroscopy , polarimetry (FORS1), medium dispersion echelle grism spectroscopy (FORS2), and all sensible combinations of these modes (e.g. imaging- or spectropolarimetry) in the wavelength range from 330nm to 1100nm. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Fibre Large Area Multi-Element Spectrograph (FLAMES, ESO VLT)
FLAMES is a Fibre Facility for the ESO VLT. It includes a high and intermediate resolution optical spectrograph (GIRAFFE), with its own fibre system. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO)
The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA (USA). Located near Amado, Arizona on Mount Hopkins, the FLWO has the following facilities: * The 6.5-meter MMT (256-inch) , a joint facility operated with the University of Arizona, for solar system, galactic and extragalactic astronomy. * The 1.5-meter (60-inch) and 1.2-meter (48-inch) reflector telescopes, for solar system, galactic and extragalactic astronomy. * The 1.3-meter(51-inch) PAIRITEL (Peters Automated IR Imaging Telescope, ex-2MASS) reflector, for infrared observations, especially of gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and other variable sources. * The 10-meter optical Gamma-ray reflector telescope. Also visit VERITAS. * The IOTA Telescopes, used for optical and infrared interferometry (in collaboration with several institutions). * The HAT (Hungarian Automated Telescope) network of optical refractor telescopes, used for robotic observations of the night sky. - Categories: telescope high_energy infrared optical

GSFC's Exploration of the Universe Division (EUD)
NASA-GSFC's Exploration of the Universe Division conducts and supports astroparticle (gamma-ray and cosmic-ray), X-ray, gravitational-wave, observational cosmology, exoplanet and stellar astrophysics research. - Categories: center high_energy infrared planetary space ultraviolet

Gemini - U.K. Support Group (UKGSG)
The U.K. GEMINI Support Group based at Oxford University, England is aimed at supporting the U.K. astronomer community in the use of the GEMINI 8m Telescopes. This site is the main source of information on the telescopes themselves, their instrument compliment, applying for observing time, observing with the GEMINI telecopes and post-observing data reduction/analysis for U.K. researchers. - Categories: dept infrared optical telescope

Gemini Multiobject Spectrographs (GMOS)
There will be one GMOS for each of the two GEMINI 8-m telescopes ( UK mirror ) which are due for completion in 1998 and 2000. They will provide a versatile low/medium resolution spectroscopic capability which will exploit the excellent image quality delivered by the telescopes at optical and near-infrared wavelengths. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Gemini Observatory (Two 8 m telescopes)
The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8-meter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best sites on our planet for observing the universe.  Together these telescopes can access the entire sky. The Gemini South telescope is located at almost 9,000’ elevation on a mountain in the Chilean Andes called Cerro Pachón. Cerro Pachón shares resources with the adjacent SOAR Telescope and the nearby telescopes of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The Gemini North Telescope is located on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea as part of the international community of observatories that have been built to take advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions on this long dormant volcano that rises almost 14,000' into the dry, stable air of the Pacific. The Gemini Observatory’s international headquarters is located in Hilo, Hawaii at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s University Park. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

INACTIVE LINK ? - 94 --- German Interferometer for Multi-channel Photometry and Astrometry (DIVA)
The Deutsches Interferometer fuer Vielkanalphotometrie und Astrometrie (DIVA) is a small astronomy satellite, planned for launch in 2004. It is aimed to measure positions, proper motions and parallaxes, brightness and color of at least 30 million stars.
This amount and the high precision is unreached so far by any predecessor mission. In a sense it is a pathfinder mission for the technology of upcoming cornerstone missions in the ESA Horizon 2000+ and the NASA Origins programmes like GAIA, DARWIN, LISA, SIM etc. - Categories: telescope infrared optical space ultraviolet

Gornergrat Infrared Telescope (TIRGO)
The Telescopio InfraRosso del GOrnergrat ( TIRGO ) is located on the northern tower of the Kulm Hotel at Gornergrat (3135 m altitude) near Zermatt . It is a 1.5m Cassegrain telescope with a wobbling secondary and optimized for infrared observations.   The telescope and related instrumentation is run by the Istituto di Radioastronomia (IRA - C.N.R. ), sezione di Firenze (former CAISMI) , with the assistance of the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri and the Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienza dello Spazio of the Universita' di Firenze. - Categories: telescope infrared

Gran Telescopio Canarias Project (GTC)
The Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC), is a high performance segmented 10-meter telescope to be installed in one of the best sites of the Northern Hemisphere: the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain). First light is planed for 2002.
The GTC project is a Spanish initiative, led by the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) with the aim of becoming an international project. GRANTECAN has undertaken the construction of this telescope. [also in Spanish] - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Haleakala Observatories (Hawaii) - Categories: telescope infrared optical solar

Herschel Science Centre (ex-FIRST)
The `Herschel Space Observatory' - the mission formerly known as FIRST - will perform photometry and spectroscopy in the 60-670 µm range. - Categories: telescope infrared space

Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET)
The Hobby-Eberly telescope (HET) is a new 9 meter telescope, built at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis Texas as a result of an international collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin, The Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University in the United States and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, and Goerg-August-Universitaet Goettingen. The HET has been tailored for spectroscopy, and in particular, fiber-coupled spectroscopy. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
The Hubble Space Telescope is a cooperative program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to operate a long-lived space-based observatory for the benefit of the international astronomical community. To accomplish this goal and protect the spacecraft against instrument and equipment failures, NASA had always planned on regular servicing missions. Hubble has special grapple fixtures, 76 handholds, and stabilized in all three axes. HST is a 2.4-meter reflecting telescope which was deployed in low-Earth orbit (600 kilometers) by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery (STS-31) on 25 April 1990. HST's current complement of science instruments include three cameras, two spectrographs, and fine guidance sensors (primarily used for astrometric observations). Because of HST's location above the Earth's atmosphere, these science instruments can produce high resolution images of astronomical objects. Ground-based telescopes can seldom provide resolution better than 1.0 arc-seconds, except momentarily under the very best observing conditions. HST's resolution is about 10 times better, or 0.1 arc-seconds. - Categories: telescope infrared optical space ultraviolet

Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF)
The main IRAF distribution includes a good selection of programs for general image processing and graphics, plus a large number of programs for the reduction and analysis of optical and IR astronomy data (the "NOAO" packages). Other external or layered packages are available for applications such as data acquisition or handling data from other observatories and wavelength regimes such as the Hubble Space Telescope (optical), EUVE (extreme ultra-violet), or ROSAT and AXAF (X-ray). These external packages are distributed separately from the main IRAF distribution but can be easily installed. The IRAF system also includes a complete programming environment for scientific applications, which includes a programmable Command Language scripting facility, the IMFORT Fortran/C programming interface, and the full SPP/VOS programming environment in which the portable IRAF system and all applications are written. - Categories: software high_energy infrared optical ultraviolet

Indian Astronomical Observatory Hanle (IAO, the world's highest observatory for optical and infrared astronomy)
The Indian Astronomical Observatory, the high-altitude station of IIA is situated at an altitude of 4500 metres above mean sea level to the north of Western Himalayas. Atop Mt. Saraswati in the vast Nilamkhul Plain in the Hanle Valley of Changthang, Ladakh (4250m above msl), the site is a dry, cold desert with sparse human population and the ancient Hanle monastery as its nearest neighbour. The cloudless skies and low atmospheric water vapour make it one of the best sites in the world for optical, infrared, sub-millimetre, and millimetre wavelengths. A 2-m optical infrared telescope is installed at the observatory. This telescope is remotely operated from CREST, Hosakote, using dedicated satellite links. In addition, IIA is collaborating with University of Washington, St. Louis, in operating a 0.5-m photometry telescope for continuous monitoring of Active Galactic Nuclei. This telescope will be one of the pair of telescopes constituting Antipodal Transient Observatory. A 0.3-m Differential Image Motion Monitor, a 220-GHz radiometer and an Automated Weather Station have been installed to facilitate continuation of site characterisation. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Infra-Red Space Interferometer DARWIN (IRSI / DARWIN)
The `InfraRed Space Interferometry Mission' DARWIN (IRSI or DARWIN) is a cornerstone mission in the ESA `Horizon 2000+' science plan.
The goals for this space mission is for the first time to detect terrestial planets in orbit around other stars than our Sun. - Categories: telescope infrared planetary space

Infra-Red Telescope Facility (IRTF)
The IRTF is a 3.0 meter telescope optimized for use in the infrared. It was first built to support the Voyager missions to Jupiter. It is now the USA National facility for infrared astronomy providing continued support to planetary and deep space applications. - Categories: telescope infrared optical planetary

INACTIVE LINK ? - 223 --- InfraRed Array Camera for Spitzer Space telescope (IRAC)
The Spitzer Space Telescope (ex-Space InfraRed Telescope Facility Spitzer), contains three focal plane instruments, one of which is the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC). IRAC is a four-channel camera that provides simultaneous 5.12 x 5.12 arcmin images at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8 microns. - Categories: telescope infrared space

InfraRed Science Archive (IRSA, NASA/IPAC)
The NASA/IPAC InfraRed Science Archive (IRSA) is a project focused on providing software and Internet services to facilitate astronomical discoveries, support the production of new astronomical data products, and to plan future observations utilizing the data archives from infrared astrophysics missions supported at IPAC. - Categories: center infrared

InfraRed Spectrograph on Spitzer Space Telescope (IRS)
The Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) is one of three instruments to be flown in the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF). - Categories: telescope infrared space

Infrared Astronomical Satellite Data Products (IRAS Archive Interface)
The Infrared Astronomical Satellite surveyed almost the entire sky in four infrared bands and obtained deeper maps and low-resolution spectra of thousands of infrared sources. All of the IRAS data products released by IPAC, including catalogs and images, are accessible through this interface, provided by the Astrophysics Data Facility at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The interface also includes links to many related Astronomical Data Center catalogs. - Categories: center infrared

Infrared Processing & Analysis Center (IPAC)
The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) exists to carry out large, data-intensive processing tasks of critical importance to NASA's infrared astronomy program, and to provide scientific expertise on those projects to the astronomical community. IPAC is operated by the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). - Categories: center infrared

Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)
The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) has been an ESA (European Space Agency) mission with the participation of ISAS (Japan) and NASA (USA). This WWW server is maintained at the ISO Data Centre, which is based at Villafranca, Madrid, and is part of the Astrophysics Division of the Space Science Department. - Categories: telescope infrared space

INACTIVE LINK ? - 166 --- Infrared Space Observatory Data Centre (IDC)
The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) is an ESA (European Space Agency) mission with the participation of ISAS (Japan) and NASA (USA).
The ISO Data Archive is maintained at the ISO Data Centre, which is based at Villafranca, Madrid, and is part of the Astrophysics Division of the Space Science Department of ESA. - Categories: center infrared space

Infrared Space Observatory U.S. Support Center (ISO)
U.S. science support center for observers using the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO), a fully approved and funded project of the European Space Agency (ESA). - Categories: telescope infrared space

Infrared Spectrometer And Array Camera (ISAAC, ESO VLT)
ISAAC covers the wavelength range 1-5µm and is designed primarily for: 'wide' (2.5x2.5') field imaging and long slit low & medium resolution spectroscopy. - Categories: telescope infrared

Infrared and Optical Telescope Array (IOTA) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Interferometry Center of Excellence (ICE, JPL)
The Interferometry Center of Excellence (ICE), at JPL, has been established to ensure the development and maintenance of a leading edge capability in optical and near-infrared interferometric astrometry and imaging. - Categories: telescope infrared misc optical

INACTIVE LINK ? - 482 --- JWST ListServs (ex-NGST ListServs)
This URL takes you to a WWW page where you can subscribe to a number of listservs devoted to the Next Generation Space Telescope project. You may subscribe to any of them. Posting is restricted. Right now, these are used as ways to inform the community about progress in the project. The web site contains links for feedback to the project team members. - Categories: newsgroup infrared space telescope

James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT)
The 15-m JCMT is situated close to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and is the largest submillmetre facility in the world. It is owned and operated by the UK, Canada and the Netherlands on behalf of astronomers worldwide. Its home page contains information about the site, the antenna and the instrumentation, as well as a description of the JCMT-CSO interferometer, and details of the various time allocation processes. - Categories: telescope infrared radio

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, ex-NGST)
The JWST is a critical component of NASA's Origins Program. It will be a telescope of aperture greater than 4m, radiatively cooled to 30 - 60 deg.K, permitting extremely deep exposures at near infrared wavelengths with a 10 year life. A key requirement is to break the HST cost paradigm through the use of new technology and management methods. This site is designed to serve as the starting point for finding online NGST Study documentation.
There is also a public home page at NASA, and a European site at ST-ECF. - Categories: telescope infrared space

Japan N. A. O. - Astronomical Data Analysis Center (NAOJ-ADAC)
On-line Access Interface to Astronomical Data. [also in Japanese] - Categories: center infrared optical

Keck Observatory (CalTech) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO)
Observing information. There is also an anonymous ftp - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Koelner Observatorium fuer SubMillimeter Astronomie (KOSMA)
The 3-m KOSMA telescope at Gornergrat (Switzerland) is operated by the I. Physikalisches Institut (Cologne, Germany). It can be used for observations between 210 and 820 GHz. - Categories: telescope infrared radio

Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBT)
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is a collaboration between Arizona (25%), Italy (25%, represented by the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory in Florence), Research Corporation (12.5%), the Ohio State University (12.5%), and Germany (25%, represented by the LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft).
The goal of the LBT project is to construct and exploit a binocular telescope consisting of two 8.4-meter mirrors on a common mount. This telescope will be equivalent in light-gathering power to a single 11.8-meter instrument. Because of its binocular arrangement, the telescope will have a resolving power (ultimate image sharpness) corresponding to a 23-meter telescope. - Categories: telescope infrared optical ultraviolet

Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LLNL)
The focus of the Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the development of integrated adaptive optics (AO) and sodium-layer laser guide star (LGS) systems for use on large astronomical telescopes. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Lausanne - General Catalogue of Photometric Data (GCPD)
The General Catalogue of Photometric Data (GCPD) built at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Lausanne contains photometric data for about 200000 stars from some 75 different systems, taken from about 3300 papers. The WWW server allows to query the database ad retrieve any data from any photometric system. Searching the references by authors' names and keywords from the titles offers a possibility to retrieve the data from each of the 3300 papers directly. - Categories: center bibliography infrared optical ultraviolet

Libraries of stellar spectra
Libraries of stellar spectra (late-type stars) by Montes et al., Other Libraries of stellar spectra. MK (Morgan-Keenan) Spectral Classification. Other related links.
Maintained by David Montes, Departamento de Astrofísica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. - Categories: center infrared optical ultraviolet

Lick Observatory - University of California (UCOLICK)
Descriptions and users' manuals for Lick Observatory telescopes and facility instruments on Mount Hamilton; local weather; astronomical calendars; telescope time applications; staff and contacts at Lick Observatory.

Pages on Lick Observatory of general interest to the public; Lick Observatory history; visitor information; Mount Hamilton web camera. - Categories: telescope dept education infrared optical pictures

Liverpool John Moores University, Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI, Liverpool JMU)
Details of the research and teaching interests of the group, as well as information on the Liverpool Telescope project - a fully-robotic 2m telescope to be situated at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.
As well as the Astrophysics degree-course with Liverpool University, we also have an innovative distance learning course. - Categories: dept infrared optical telescope

Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic DAtabase (LEDA)
Created in 1983, LEDA is the oldest Extragalactic Database. It gives more than 60 of the most important parameters for about one million galaxies. It provides charts and images through a Web interface. In addition, a batch mode is available and also a very powerful SQL-like query language. - Categories: center infrared optical

Magdelena Ridge Observatory Project (MRO)
The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) project is an international scientific collaboration between New Mexico Tech, the University of Cambridge (UK), New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Puerto Rico, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The project is overseen by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The observatory is primarily intended for astronomical research and will be composed of two facilities, a single telescope and an array of optical/infrared telescopes called the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI). Located on the main ridge of the Magdalena mountains, some 30 miles west of the New Mexico Tech campus, at an elevation of 10,600 ft. above sea level, it will be the fourth highest observatory in the world. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Mauna Kea Observatories - Categories: telescope infrared optical radio

McDonald Observatory (University of Texas, Austin)
McDonald Observatory is located 450 miles west of Austin, Texas, in the Davis Mountains. At present, there are three operating telescopes: 2.7-meter, 2.1-meter, and .76-meter reflectors. The Observatory is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared, and it boasts one of the first and most productive lunar ranging stations. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Michelle: A mid-infrared spectrometer and imager for the UKIRT and Gemini telescopes - Categories: telescope infrared

Mid-InfraRed Large-well Imager (MIRLIN)
Mid-InfraRed Large-well Imager - No, the "n" doesn't stand for anything     ;-) (MIRLIN) - The JPL Deep-Well Mid-Infrared Array Camera. MIRLIN is a 128 x 128 pixel, 7 - 25 micrometer infrared astronomical camera built at JPL by a team led by Dr. Michael Ressler and used on the Palomar 5 meter (200 inch) telescope, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility 3 meter telescope, and the Keck II 10 meter telescope. - Categories: telescope infrared

Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX)
The MSX observatory is a Ballistic Missile Defense Organization project which offers major benefits for both the defense and civilian sectors. It was launched on a Delta II vehicle on April 24, 1996, into a 900 km, polar, near-Sun synchronous orbit. The spacecraft featured an advanced multispectral image capability to gather data on test targets and space background phenomena.
The infrared sensors operated at 11 to 12 degrees Kelvin by employing a solid hydrogen cryostat. The IR instruments span the range 4.2 - 26 microns. The focal plane array consists of five bands and the radiometer beam-size is more than 25 times smaller than IRAS. As a result, much greater spatial resolution than anything currently available has been obtained. The cryogen phase of the mission ended on 26 February 1997. During the ten month cryogen phase of the mission over 200 Giga Bytes of data on Celestial Backgrounds were obtained.
See the MSX Celestial Backgrounds Team Home Page for additional details. - Categories: telescope center infrared physics planetary solar space

Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (MIRA)
The Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy is a non-profit astronomical observatory, founded in 1972 and dedicated to research and education in astronomy. Includes an Atlas of Low-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectra of Normal Stars. - Categories: dept education infrared optical telescope

Mount Evans Meyer-Womble Observatory (Denver Univ.)
Mt.Evans Meyer-Womble Observatory, elev. 4,303 meters, in the Colorado Rockies. Dual 0.7 meter R-C telescopes, optical and mid-infrared instrumentation. Summer access. Collaborations invited. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO)
The Mt. Graham International Observatory is located on Mt. Graham near Safford , Arizona. Two telescopes are now in operation, the Vatican Observatory/Arizona 1.8m Lennon telescope (VATT) and the 10m diameter Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (SMT), a joint project of Arizona and the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Germany. - Categories: telescope infrared optical radio

Mount Wilson Observatory
The mountain is host to several ongoing observing projects using the onsite facilities. The observatory has two primary nighttime telescopes: the 60-inch telescope, built in 1908 is home to the HK Project and the Atmospheric Compensation Experiment; and the 100-inch (Hooker) telescope, built in 1917, which is available to the scientific community. Two solar observatories, the 60-foot tower telescope (operated by USC), and the 150-foot tower telescope (operated by UCLA) maintain long-term exploration of the magnetic activity behavior of the Sun. There are also two interferometers onsite: the Infrared Spatial Interferometer (ISI, operated by U.C. Berkeley), and the NRL Optical Interferometer. The Telescopes in Education (TIE) Project operates a 24" telescope, as well as the Snow Solar Telescope (built in 1904). Finally, a fully-robotic 32-inch Automatic Photoeletric Telescope (APT) is operated by Tennessee State University. - Categories: telescope infrared optical solar

Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer Space Telescope (MIPS)
The Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (MIPS) is a far-infrared photometer, one of three instruments on Spitzer, launched on 25 August of 2003. - Categories: telescope infrared space

Multimission Archive at STScI (MAST)
The Multimission Archive at STScI is being developed to support a variety of astronomical data archives, with the primary focus on scientifically related data sets in the optical, ultraviolet, and near-infrared parts of the spectrum. - Categories: center infrared optical ultraviolet

Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory (2) (MMTO) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

NASA National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)
The primary responsibility of the NSSDC is to further the use of NASA spaceflight mission data. The NSSDC also provides data from some ground-based and non-NASA sources which are considered to be important adjuncts to the NASA space-based data. The Data Center maintains and distributes documentation, indexes and catalogs about the data in its archives, and similar information about important space mission datasets maintained by other institutions. The NSSDC's Astronomy and Astrophysics Home Page offers information about online data and services, including access to a WAIS-searchable index of more than 700 astronomical catalogs; high-level project descriptions for such projects as ASCA, ROSAT, EUVE, HST, and COBE; and links to many other popular astronomy and astrophysics resources. - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical particles radio ultraviolet

NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED)
Research tool providing access to a broad range of published extragalactic data. NED is continuously being updated and augmented. It is the systematic merger of major catalogs of extragalactic objects covering all wavelengths, and of object lists appearing in the refereed literature.
NED contains about 800,000 objects, along with names, redshifts, positions, bibliographic references, photometric measurements, and notes. The Web interface of NED started recently serving images of objects at various wavelengths. - Categories: center abstracts bibliography high_energy infrared optical radio ultraviolet

NCSA Astronomy Digital Image Library (NCSA ADIL)
The purpose of the NCSA Astronomy Digital Image Library is to collect fully processed astronomical images in FITS format format and make them available to the research community and the general public via the World Wide Web. The collection contains images from research observatories all over the world and taken at all wavebands. - Categories: library center education high_energy infrared optical pictures radio ultraviolet

Nasmyth Adaptive Optics System - Near-Infrared Imager and Spectrograph (NAOS-CONICA -- NaCo -- ESO VLT) - Categories: telescope infrared

National Solar Observatory (NSO, USA)
The mission of the National Solar Observatory is to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community. - Categories: telescope education infrared optical solar

Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS)
The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS, Univ. of Arizona) is a second-generation instrument to be installed on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the February 13, 1997 on-orbit servicing mission. NICMOS will provide infrared imaging and spectroscopic observations of astronomical targets between 0.8-2.5 microns. - Categories: telescope infrared

OverWhelmingly Large Telescope Project (OWL)
A project of 100-m class optical and near-infrared telescope.  Building on the success of its 8-m Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the coming to maturity of controlled optical systems, ESO is undertaking the design of a giant, next generation optical and near-infrared telescope, dubbed OWL for the eponymous bird's keen night vision, and for OverWhelmingly Large. With a diameter of 100 meter, OWL will combine unrivalled light gathering power with the ability to resolve details down to a milli-arc second. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

PDS Imaging Node (PDSIMG)
The Imaging Node of the Planetary Data System is the curator of NASA's primary digital image collections from past, present, and future planetary missions. The node provides to the NASA planetary science community the digital image archives, necessary ancillary datasets, software tools, and technical expertise necessary to fully utilize the vast collection of digital planetary imagery. - Categories: center education infosys infrared optical pictures planetary software space ultraviolet

PDS Imaging Node's Planetary Image Atlas (PDSIMG Atlas)
The Atlas is designed to be a single interface through which you can search for, display, and download full resolution data for all planetary missions. It will eventually replace individual existing browsers. Until that time, links to the individual browsers are provided from this central location. Current missions included in the Atlas are: 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Global Surveyor, Magellan, Clementine, Viking, Mars Pathfinder, Voyager, and Galileo. - Categories: center infrared optical pictures planetary space ultraviolet

Planck is the third Medium-Sized Mission (M3) of ESA's Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme. It is designed to image the anisotropies of the Cosmic Background Radiation Field over the whole sky, with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution. Planck will provide a major source of information relevant to several cosmological and astrophysical issues, such as testing theories of the early universe and the origin of cosmic structure.
Planck was formerly called COBRAS/SAMBA. After the mission was selected and approved, it was renamed in honor of the German scientist Max Planck (1858-1947), Nobel Prize for Physics in 1918. - Categories: telescope infrared radio space

Padova database of stellar evolutionary tracks and isochrones - Categories: center infrared optical ultraviolet

Palomar Testbed Interferometer (PTI)
The Palomar Testbed Interferometer is a near-IR, long-baseline stellar interferometer located at Palomar Observatory in north San Diego County. - Categories: telescope infrared

Planetary Data System (PDS)
The PDS archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA's Office of Space Science. Its purpose is to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate advanced research. PDS is continually upgrading and updating its archives, to better serve the needs of its user communities. - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical particles radio ultraviolet

SAO Telescope Data Center (RVSAO, RGSC, SKYMAP Software)
Includes software packages: RVSAO, an IRAF package for finding radial velocities from spectra; RGSC a program for searching the Hubble Space Telescope Guide Star Catalog; SKYMAP a program for mapping star catalogs onto the sky; STAR a program for searching star catalogs - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical software

INACTIVE LINK ? - 338 --- SOuthern Astrophysical Research telescope Project (SOAR)
The SOAR telescope is a Project for a 4.2-meter aperture telescope funded by a partnership between the USA National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO), the Country of Brazil, Michigan State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project is fully funded and under construction atop Cerro Pachón at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) in the Chilean Andes. The telescope is being designed to support science in both high quality imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and near infrared wavelengths. The f/16 Ritchey-Chrétien optical design shall deliver a 12-arcmin diameter field of view with a tip/tilt stabilized image through a telescope with 0.18 arcsec image quality. SOAR should begin science operations in 2004. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

SUBARU Telescope
Subaru is an 8.2 m Japan national optical-infrared telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), National Institutes of Natural Sciences. The site includes astrophotographs from Subaru. - Categories: telescope infrared optical pictures

Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC)
The SDAC at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center serves current solar ground- and spaced-based imagery, text, figures, maps, and tables of NASA eclipse bulletins, solar flare data from the Compton GRO BATSE experiment and the Yohkoh spacecraft, and science operations planning information for the SOHO Science Working Team.... and more to come. - Categories: center high_energy infrared optical particles pictures solar space ultraviolet

Solar-Terrestrial Physics Home Page (STP)
Solar-Terrestrial Physics Division of the National Geophysical Data Center home page. Includes several various STP disciplines within the Center: geomagnetism, Iononosphere, Solar and Upper Atmosphere, and two satellite programs: GOES and DMSP. DMSP is a two satellite constellation of near-polar orbiting, sun-synchronous satellites monitoring meteorological, oceanographic and solar-terrestrial physics environments. NGDC maintains an archive of all data recorded on DMSP satellites as relayed to NGDC by Air Force Global Weather Central. Data from March 1992 to March 1994, are considered to be experimental. After March 1994, the system should be fully operational. - Categories: center dept high_energy infrared optical particles radio solar space ultraviolet

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the National Facility for optical/infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its prime function is to further fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics at a national and international level through the provision and use of a world-class astronomical facility. - Categories: telescope dept infrared optical

Southern African Large Telescope Project (SALT)
SALT, a 9-m class southern hemisphere twin of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in Texas, to be built at the Sutherland observing station of the South African Astronomical Observatory. - Categories: telescope infrared optical ultraviolet

Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF)
The ST-ECF was established in 1984 jointly by the European Space Agency and the European Southern Observatory and is located at the ESO headquarters at Garching near Munich. The ST-ECF supports the European astromical community in exploiting the research opportunities provided by the earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The ST-ECF provides detailed technical information about the HST and its science instruments, supports European astronomers in the preparation of HST observing proposals, coordinates the development of computer software tuned to the specific data analysis needs of HST users, operates and maintains an archive of all the scientific data collected by HST, and acts as a European centre for associated meetings and workshops. In all of these duties the ST-ECF staff maintains close contacts with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, which is charged with the scientific operation of the HST observatory.
HST Archive at CADC. - Categories: center infrared optical space ultraviolet

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
STScI is responsible for the scientific operations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). STScI is operated by Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under contract to NASA. - Categories: dept center infrared library optical software space survey ultraviolet

Spitzer Space Telescope (ex-SIRTF)
The Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is the fourth and final element in NASA's family of "Great Observatories". It consists of a 0.85-meter telescope and three cryogenically-cooled science instruments capable of performing imaging and spectroscopy in the 3 - 180 micron wavelength range. Incorporating the latest in large-format infrared detector arrays, Spitzer offers orders-of-magnitude improvements in capability over existing programs. While Spitzer's mission lifetime requirement remains 2.5 years, recent programmatic and engineering developments have brought a 5-year cryogenic mission within reach. Spitzer represents an important scientific and technical bridge to NASA's new Origins program. - Categories: telescope center education infrared space

Standard Objects For Astronomy (SOFA)
Site with links to Standard Object Resources classified according to observing techniques and wavelength domains. Created by Patrice Corporon; now maintained by Shashikiran Ganesh and Anatoly Miroshnichenko. (Indian mirror; US mirror) - Categories: other_astronomy center high_energy infrared optical radio ultraviolet

Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be a 2.5 meter, optical/infrared/sub-millimeter telescope mounted in a Boeing 747, to be used for many basic astronomical observations performed at stratospheric altitudes. The Facility will accommodate installation of different focal plane instruments, with in-flight accessibility, provided by investigators selected from the international science community. The Facility objective is to have an operational lifetime in excess of 20 years. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Data Archive (SWAS)
Data Archive from the NASA Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite, a pathfinding mission for studying the chemical composition of interstellar galactic clouds to help determine the process of star formation. Launched on December 5, 1998, it has made detailed 1 degree x 1 degree maps of many giant molecular and dark cloud cores during the first 4 years of the mission. SWAS makes new data public every six months, with the final release due in September, 2004.
CfA SWAS pages. - Categories: center infrared space

Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (SCUBA)
SCUBA is a bolometer camera for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope operating at submillimetre and millimetre wavelengths. - Categories: telescope infrared

SuperCOSMOS Science Archive (SSA)
The SuperCOSMOS Science archive holds the object catalogue data extracted from scans of photographic Schmidt survey plates. - Categories: center infrared optical

Synthetic Spectra of B Main-Sequence Stars from 3000 - 10000 (Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl)
This Web page provides a simple interactive tool for line identification in B stars along the main sequence. The calculation makes use of the atomic line list of Kurucz & Bell (1995). For one of six possible effective temperatures between 10000 and 35000 K and an arbitrary wavelength range between 3000 and 10000 Å a normalized synthetic spectrum is displayed on-line. The output consists of a gif image (~10 kB) or a gzipped postscript file (~30 kB). - Categories: center infrared optical ultraviolet

Teide Observatory (OT)
Observatorio del Teide: solar telescopes and laboratories; nocturnal telescopes; cosmic microwave background. - Categories: telescope infrared optical radio solar

Terrestrial Planet Finder (Origins of Stars, Planets... and Life) (TPF)
The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) is a key element of NASA Origins Program. It will study all aspects of planets: from their formation and development in disks of dust and gas around newly forming stars to the presence and features of those planets orbiting the nearest stars; from the numbers at various sizes, and places to their suitability as an abode for life. By combining the high sensitivity of space telescopes with the sharply detailed pictures from an interferometer, TPF will be able to reduce the glare of parent stars by a factor of more than one hundred-thousand to see planetary systems as far away as 50 light years. - Categories: telescope infrared optical planetary space

The SCSU Archive of the MAPS Catalog of the POSS I (MAPS Catalog)
This online version of the Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner (MAPS) Catalog of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (Epoch I) [hereafter the MAPS Catalog] was constructed by Juan Cabanela, one of the authors of the original MAPS Catalog of the POSS I. The MAPS Catalog was originally distributed on four DVDs to several astronomical data centers. The goal of this project is to make the catalog available in an interactive format. This site should be viewed as a backup/alternate version of the website maintained by the Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner group at - Categories: center infrared optical

Traitement Elementaire Reduction et Analyse des PIXels de Megacam (TERAPIX)
Terapix is an astronomical data processing center dedicated to very large CCD images and massive data flow provided by the CFHT Megacam camera.
Terapix is located at Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. - Categories: center infrared optical

UK Astronomy Data Centre (ADC-CASU, formerly RGO Astronomy Data Centre)
The Data Centre is part of the Cambridge Astronomy Survey Unit and houses a good selection of data from the UK's ground based telescopes as well as a number of catalogues. - Categories: center infrared optical

UK Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT)
UKIRT is the world's largest telescope dedicated solely to infrared astronomy. It is sited in Hawaii near the summit of Mauna Kea at an altitude of 4194m above sea level. It is owned by the United Kingdom Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and operated, along with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), by the staff of the Joint Astronomy Centre, which is located in Hilo. The operation and development of UKIRT are overseen by the UKIRT Board. - Categories: telescope infrared

UK Schmidt Telescope - Anglo-Australian Observatory (UKST / AAO) - Categories: telescope infrared optical

USA National Solar Observatory / Sacramento Peak, Sunspot, NM (NSO/SP)
Anonymous ftp. - Categories: telescope infrared optical solar

University of Hawaii IfA: 2.2m Telescope - Categories: telescope infrared optical

VIsible and IR MultiObject Spectrographs (VIRMOS)
The VIRMOS project aims to deliver 2 spectrographs for the ESO- VLT . VIMOS is a visible imaging spectrograph with outstanding multiplex capabilities, allowing to take spectra of more than 800 objects simultaneously (10 arcsec slits), or spectroscopy of all objects in a 1x1 arcmin2 area. NIRMOS is a near-infrared imaging spectrograph with a multiplex of 180 (10 arcsec slits), and allows spectroscopy of all objects in a 30x30 arcsec2 area. Together VIMOS and NIRMOS allow to get spectroscopy from 0.37 to 1.8 microns, with unsurpassed efficiency for large surveys. - Categories: telescope infrared optical survey

VLT Imager and Spectrometer for mid Infra Red (VISIR, ESO VLT) - Categories: telescope infrared

Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI, ESO)
The Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) consists in the coherent combination of the four VLT Unit Telescopes and of several moveable 1.8m Auxiliary Telescopes. Once fully operational, the VLTI will provide both a high sensitivity as well as milli-arcsec angular resolution provided by baselines of up to 200m length. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA)
VISTA is the Visible and Infrared Telescope for Astronomy: a 4-m Wide Field Survey telescope for the Southern Hemisphere, being built at Cerro Paranal, close to ESO VLT, by a consortium of 18 UK universities. - Categories: survey infrared optical telescope

Whole Earth Telescope (WET)
In 1986, astronomers from the University of Texas established a world--wide network of cooperating astronomical observatories to obtain uninterrupted time--series measurements of variable stars. The technological goal was to resolve the multi-periodic oscillations observed in these objects into their individual components; the scientific goal was to construct accurate theoretical models of the target objects, constrained by their observed behavior, from which their fundamental astrophysical parameters could be derived. This approach has been extremely successful, and has placed the fledgling science of stellar seismology at the forefront of stellar astrophysics. - Categories: telescope infrared optical

Wide Field CAMera for UKIRT (WFCAM)
WFCAM is an IR wide field camera for the UK Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea. WFCAM will be operational as an IR imaging survey instrument in late 2002. The camera has been designed to maximize survey speed at J, H and K while retaining excellent image quality. - Categories: survey infrared telescope

Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE)
This is the website for NASA's Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE). The primary purpose of WIRE was a four month infrared survey of the universe, focusing specifically on starburst galaxies and luminous protogalaxies.
On 29 Mar 1999, the WIRE mission has been declared a loss. - Categories: telescope infrared space

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