National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (国立天文台 kokuritsu tenmondai ) (NAOJ) is an astronomical research organisation comprising several facilities in Japan, as well as an observatory in Hawaii. It was established in 1988 as an amalgamation of three existing research organizations - the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory of the University of Tokyo, International Latitude Observatory of Mizusawa, and a part of Research Institute of Atmospherics of Nagoya University.
In the 2004 reform of national research organizations, NAOJ became a division of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences.
- Mitaka Campus (Mitaka, Tokyo. )
- The Headquarters, Astronomy Data Center, Advanced Technology Center, Public Relations Center
- Solar Flare Telescope, Sunspot Telescope, TAMA 300 gravitational wave detector
- Tokyo Photoelectric Meridian Circle
- Historical instruments: Solar Tower Telescope, 65cm refractor dome, 20cm refractor dome
- Nobeyama Radio Observatory & Nobeyama Solar Radio Observatory (Minamimaki, Nagano, )
- 45m Millimeter Radio Telescope, Nobeyama Millimeter Array, Nobeyama Radio Heliograph
- Mizusawa VERA Observatory (Ōshū, Iwate. )
- 20m radio telescope, 10m VLBI radio telescope
- Historical building: Dr. Kimura Museum
- Okayama Astrophysical Observatory (Mt. Chikurinji in Asakuchi, Okayama. )
- 188cm telescope, 91cm telescope, 65cm Coude-Type solar telescope
- Hawaii Observatory (Hawaii)
- Subaru 8m telescope (Mt. Mauna Kea. )
- Hilo Base Facility (Hilo, Hawaii. )
Norikura Solar Observatory (Mt. Norikura, Nagano, ), formerly under NAOJ, was decommissioned in 2010 and its building is reused for researches including non-astronomical area under administration of National Institute of Natural Sciences.
In 2004, NAOJ, in alliance with four other national institutes - the National Institute for Basic Biology, the National Institute for Fusion Science, the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, and the Institute for Molecular Science - established the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) to promote collaboration among researchers of the five constituent institutes.
Projects with NAOJ involvement
- "European Antennas at ALMA’s Operations Support Facility". ESO Picture of the Week. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
-  NINS outline
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