The Southern Astrophysical Reseach (SOAR) telescope is operated by a consortium including Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the country of Brazil.
SOAR is located at 9000 feet altitude on Cerro Pachón, 300 miles north of Chile's capital Santiago.
The SOAR telescope observes the universe with visible light and infrared detectors. Observation time is divided between partners in pre-determined blocks that rotate so that each partner receives equal shares of dark time vs. bright time, etc. over the long run. Each partner separately schedules nights on the telescope.
SOAR is a reflecting telescope, and works by collecting and focusing light with mirrors. The primary mirror is 4.1m (13.5 ft) in diameter. Learn more about SOAR's optics.
Pictures and Video of the Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope are available in the SOAR Gallery.
The SOAR project at MSU maintains web pages at
http://www.pa.msu.edu/soarmsu/ with additional information about the telescope.