The Kitt Peak Experience… Like no other
The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions.
The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. Guided tours are offered daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. and group tours are available by appointment. You can stargaze at Kitt Peak with our Nightly Observing Programs, or spend the night at a telescope with our Advanced Observing Program. Please try our Virtual Tour of Kitt Peak and take a look at these Live Cam Shots of Kitt Peak.
There will be no guided tours on Friday, December 13, 2013, due to the installation of a new radio telescope on Kitt Peak. The road leading to the mountain will be closed from 8am to 12PM.
- NEW Advanced NOP
- NEW Solar Programs
- NEW Binocular Stargazing Programs
- IMAGING QUEUE PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE
- Media Visit Request Form
- Video of Kitt Peak silhouetted by the setting sun, taken from Mount Lemmon on 12/18/2010. Credit: Dean Ketelsen
- NEW - Monthly V.I.P. Tour
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