NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF)

IRTF Telescope The IRTF is a 3.0 meter telescope, optimized for infrared observations, and located at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawai`i. The observatory is operated and managed for NASA by the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy, located in Honolulu. NASA provides the costs of operation and NSF provides funding for new focal plane instrumentation through the peer review process. Observing time is open to the entire astronomical community, and 50% of the IRTF observing time is reserved for studies of solar system objects. IRTF has a tradition of supporting partial-night proposals and remote observing, enabling temporal monitoring of targets. A number of visitor instruments are supported and some of these are available for collaborative programs.

Last updated or reviewed March 2, 2011.