Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory

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)

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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Introduction

Kitt Peak is the national observatory of the United States.

About Kitt Peak National Observatory

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) west-southwest of Tucson, Arizona. 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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