AURA was founded in 1957, with the encouragement of the National
Science Foundation, by a group of U.S. universities with
a common interest to create astronomical observing
facilities that would be available for use by all
qualified researchers from U.S. institutions and
universities on the basis of scientific merit.
Today, there are 44 U.S. Member Institutions and 5
International Affiliate Members which comprise the
Member Institutions of AURA. The President of each
Member Institution designates a Member Representative
who has a voice in AURA matters. Together, the
Member Representatives act upon membership applications.
AURA Membership Policy
U.S. Membership Guidelines
Guidelines for International Members