Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, houses one of the most extensive collections of telescopes anywhere in the world. This includes the 4m Mayall Telescope and the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, an instrument which is specifically designed for creating high quality images of the Sun and has a main shaft measuring 152m.
Image: An aerial view of Kitt Peak National Observatory (credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF)
Kitt Peak is the national observatory of the United States.
Images of the Sun are created with a huge solar telescope.
In the late 1960s, images of the Sun are created at Kitt Peak National Observatory with the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.
Patrick Moore talks to Dr Geoffrey Burbidge in 1980.
In 1980 Sir Patrick Moore finds out about the future of Kitt Peak National Observatory from its director, Dr Geoffrey Burbidge. Burbidge, who died in 2010, was a very important astronomer who rejected the Big Bang theory and proposed alternative models of the Universe along with Fred Hoyle and others.
Patrick Moore discusses the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.
Sir Patrick Moore discusses the unique features of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, part of the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Dr Chris Lintott visits the US national observatory.
Dr Chris Lintott reports from the US national observatory, the largest collection of professional telescopes in the world.
The light of a distant galaxy is bent by warped space-time.
Astronomers were puzzled to find what appeared to be duplicate galaxies, which they named 957 and 561. It is now thought that only one galaxy, known as the Twin Quasar, exists.
The Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) is a United States astronomical observatory site located on 2,096 m (6,880 ft) Kitt Peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odham Nation, 88 kilometers (55 mi) southwest of Tucson. With 24 optical and two radio telescopes, it is the largest, most diverse gathering of astronomical instruments in the world. The observatory is administered by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).
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