Kitt Peak – 520 – 318 – 8726
Kitt Peak National Observatory – Description, Map & Suggestions
Kitt Peak National Observatory(KPNO) is part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). Kitt Peak supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth. The focus is on Nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.
Kitt Peak National Observatory was founded in 1958. It operates three major nighttime telescopes. Kitt Peak also hosts the facilities of consortia. Consortia operates 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes.
Kitt Peak is located on the top of a mountain 6,875 feet above sea level. What does that mean to you —- It is cold up there! When they tell you it will be cold, believe them! Dress warm.
The Visitor Center and its three observatories, the public is invited to learn about and gain hands-on experience with the latest astronomy has to offer.
Also, it is worth noting that the use of cell phones is prohibited on the Mountain. The cell phone signals interfere with the operation of some of the Radio Telescopes. Additionally, be advised that there are no services at Kitt Peak.
Note – Food is limited so you may want to pack a lunch and use the picnic area – if they are open (call to find out). Lastly, the nearest gas station is 16 miles away, so don’t go empty. Fill up and avoid the stress.
Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Recently the National Science Foundation as stopped funding for its telescopes at Kitt Peak. This has lead to changes in the role Kitt Peak will play in the future exploration of space.
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