"Astronomical Fun" Kitt Peak Observatory Tip by bottleofdoom

Kitt Peak Observatory, Tucson: 3 reviews and 11 photos


Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatories. The world's largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, is home to 22 optical and 2 radio telescopes representing 8 astonomical research institutions. The National Optical Astronomy Observatories, under contract with the National Science Foundation, oversees site operations on Kitt Peak.
Explore the Kitt Peak Visitor Center and learn the history of optical astronomy and the role Kitt Peak has had in shaping astronomical research for the past 38 years. Take a tour and learn how astronomers use telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Visit the National Solar Observatory exhibit gallery and watch astronomers operate the world's largest solar telescope. Besides, it's an awesome drive and view to the top of the mountain!
For a different experience, visit Kitt Peak at night. The Visitor Center telescope dome is open to the public every evening. Use binoculars and a state-of-the-art 16 -inch telescope to gain an understanding of the evolution of the universe. View planets, the birth and death of stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Reservations are required for the nighttime observing program.

Address: 56 mi. SW of Tucson.
Directions: 56 miles southwest of Tucson via State Route 86. You will see signs on the road for the Observatory entrance.
Phone: Visitor Center: 520-318-8726
Website: http://www.noao.edu/kpno/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2003
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