Touching the stars from Kitt Peak

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Touching the stars from Kitt Peak

Arizona observatory illuminates worlds beyond ours
Participants in a nightly observation program at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson watch the sun set from a ridge on the 6,880-foot Kitt Peak. The four-hour program combines brief lecture sessions with observations of sunset and the night sky, using some of the facilities powerful telescopes.
The Mayall four-meter telescope, the most prominent structure atop Kitt Peak, is visible from as far as 50 miles away. The dome is 18 stories tall.

Touching the stars from Kitt Peak

Participants in a nightly observation program at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson watch the sun set from a ridge on the 6,880-foot Kitt Peak. The four-hour program combines brief lecture sessions with observations of sunset and the night sky, using some of the facilities powerful telescopes.
The Mayall four-meter telescope, the most prominent structure atop Kitt Peak, is visible from as far as 50 miles away. The dome is 18 stories tall.
If you go

Kitt Peak National Observatory: End of Arizona Highway. 386 (520) 318-8000. www.noao.edu/kpno.
The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for daytime visitors; admission is free, but there is a charge for guided tours. Nightly observing programs are offered September through mid-July. The basic program runs from 5:30 p.m. to about 10 and costs $49.95-$55 per person, which includes dinner. Reservations are required and should be made weeks in advance. Bring warm clothes because night temperatures can be 40 degrees cooler than daytime. Cellphone use is prohibited.
For more about Tucson, visit www.visittucson.org.

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