• Announcement: Workshop on SOAR Science 2020

    13 - 15 March 2017

    Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas
    USA - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

    The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is a 4.1 meter aperture telescope funded by a partnership between the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), The Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações do Brasil (MCTIC / LNA), Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

  • Daniel Maturana retires

    In August, 1975, a brand-new telescope operator arrived at a brand-new 4-m telescope on Cerro Tololo, as part of a crew commissioning what was then the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere. That young operator was Daniel Maturana, who is now stepping down after supporting observers at CTIO and SOAR for over four decades. The picture above shows the CTIO observer support group from those early days (Daniel on the far right).

  • Goodman Spectrograph Updates (Oct 21, 2016)

    New Red Camera available in shared risk mode

    The new camera and its associated hardware and software have now been tested and found to be working correctly, with only a few minor issues on the software side, which UNC and CTIO staff are working on. Therefore, we are offering the Red Camera to experienced users with time scheduled in semester 2016B who might benefit from it, on a shared risk basis.

  • Additional Information for 2017A Proposers

    Basic information related to observing proposals can be found in the respective partners' call for proposals, however here are a few detailed updates for specific instruments.

    Goodman Red Camera Update

    This news article is intended to provide information on status of the new Goodman red camera in time for people to write proposals for semester 2017A. We expect to update the article as additional information is developed.

  • Early-Science call for observing time with SAM-FP

    SOAR is opening a call for proposals for early-science with SAM-FP in 2016B, for 4 nights (September 29 – October 2, 2016). SAM-FP is a restricted-use instrument; it is a new mode of operation of SAM for spectroscopy using a Fabry-Perot (FP) and SAMI.  Ongoing tests of the instrument are underway, performed by the instrument team (C. Mendes de Oliveira, P. Amram, B.