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.
- NEW This summer we are allowing NOP programs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings only during the July 15 - August 31 period, weather permitting.
- NEW IMAGING QUE PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE
- Media Visit Request Form
- Online gifts now accepted
- NOP RSVP’s ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
- 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
- Transportation to and from Kitt Peak is now available.
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