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Kitt Peak National Observatory has a Visitor Center that is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Free 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.



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An astronomer requires skills and knowledge beyond the single discipline of science. This career, like many others, demands a well rounded education.


What skills do you use as an astronomer?

These are skills needed in other professions also.


Kitt Peak offers a multitude of sights, from the elevated view of the Quinlan Mountains in the Sonoran Desert to the largest collection of optical telescopes in the world.
  This 1984 aerial view of Kitt Peak shows the 4-meter Mayall Telescope prominently in the lower right and the sacred mountain Baboquivari Peak in the background.  
  The largest optical telescope on the mountain, the 4-meter, was dedicated as the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope on June 20th, 1973, in honor of the former Director of the Kitt Peak National Observatory.  
The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, with its distinctive shape, is the largest solar instrument in the world. This telescope is also sensitive enough to observe evening's brightest stars.  
  This 1984 photograph captures the beauty of Kitt Peak as a long night of observing concludes at the 2.1-meter telescope.  

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