Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a research institute which carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, earth and space sciences, and science education. The center's mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of the universe through research and education in astronomy and astrophysics.

Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Exterior view of the CfA.
Headquarters60 Garden Street
Charles R. Alcock
WebsiteOfficial website

The center was founded in 1973 as a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University. It consists of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The center's main facility is located between Concord Avenue and Garden Street, with its mailing address and main entrance at 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Beyond this location there are also additional satellite facilities elsewhere around the globe. The current director of the CfA, Charles R. Alcock, was named in 2004.[1] The director from 1982 to 2004 was Irwin I. Shapiro.[2]

Ground-based observatoriesEdit

Space-based observatoriesEdit



Funding sourcesEdit

The Center receives 70% of its funding from NASA, 22% from Smithsonian federal funds and 4% from the National Science Foundation. The remaining 4% comes from contributors including the United States Department of Energy, the Annenberg Foundation, and gifts and endowments.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Alcock to lead the CfA: Astrophysicist noted for 'dark matter' studies to take helm at observatories". Harvard Gazette. 2004-05-20. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  2. ^ "Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Celebrates 25 Years". Harvard University Gazette. 1998-10-15. Retrieved 2007-02-26.

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