Nightly Observing Program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Unfortunately the skies are not always clear above Kitt Peak. Each afternoon we make a decision about the weather outlook and invite people to visit the mountain even on cloudy nights!
Our “Weather Program” is an in depth presentation that includes many unique elements as well as portions of the regular Nightly Observing Program:
- Eating during “sunset”
- Discovering the National Observatory
- Hands on display of our (Visitor Center) telescopes
- Visiting research observatories as available (including SARA and Spacewatch)
- Learning how to use star charts
- Witnessing the dynamic universe through unique animations
- Interactive spectroscopy demonstration
- Observing with the telescope if the weather permits, as it often does on Kitt Peak!
Many people come from out-of-state or have only one chance to visit us. Now we can accommodate everyone’s wish. Discover your universe at Kitt Peak!
Will It Be Clear Tonight?
Click here to get the latest National Weather Service Forecast for the Quinlan Mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation (home to Kitt Peak National Observatory).
Also, try this excellent page from Cleardarksky.com: it’s the Kitt Peak Clear Sky Chart. Directions and legend are included. It’s a hoot!.
Finally, check out the National Center for Atmospheric Research Real-time Weather Data page. Make some choices (visible or infrared, latest image or animation) and click on southern Arizona on their U.S. map. We use this page A LOT!