Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Night at Kitt Peak National Observatory

On Thursday evening my older daughter and I participated in the Kitt Peak National Observatory nightly observing program, which was really cool. Some photos below, and more over on my gallery. I definitely recommend this for folks interested in astronomy, though be sure to make reservations a few weeks ahead of time and be flexible, because the program can be cancelled due to weather. This was our third attempt to get up there.

Kitt Peak, a part of the Tohono O'odham reservation, is about 50 miles from Tucson. On the way up, we stopped on this side road to snap a few photos.

The road up to Kitt Peak, which unless you are a part of the nightly observing program, closes at 4 p.m. Driving down after the program ended at about 10:45 p.m., we had to have our headlights off for the first mile.

A mural on a large concrete ballast. And who's that cutie in the middle?

The most recognizable observatory (of 26) atop Kitt Peak: the Mayall 4-meter telescope.

Sunset view from the SARA Observatory.

Final light at SARA.

View these and 15 other larger photos on my gallery.

And check out the Kitt Peak live KPCam here.

1 comment:

jd said...

Looks like a fun trip. We have enjoyed the small observatory at the local college her in Idaho.

Having spent the last week, driving through the Nevada and Eastern California Desert, hands down the Tucson area desert with its saguaros is much more appealing.