|At the 5,000 foot level you can see one of the larger|
telescopes from the road. 2/9/14
|The views from the drive up were outstanding. 2/9/14|
|Kitt Peak National Observatory has been around since 1958. 2/9/14|
|The VLBA at Kitt Peak: 1 of 10 "From Mauna Kea |
on the Big Island of Hawaii to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands,
the VLBA spans more than 5,000 miles, providing astronomers with
the sharpest vision of any telescope on Earth or in space." 2/9/14
|When I got to the main complex, I went to the Visitor Center that had some|
very nice displays, museum pieces, gift shop, and a 0.5m telescope. 2/9/14
Since I arrived mid-afternoon and the complex closed to the public at 4 PM, I missed the guided tours. But, I tried to see as much as I could.
|I first headed to the solar telescopes. This one is the world's largest,|
the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. 2/9/14
|The public could look inside, walking in about halfway along the slanted side.|
Here is a picture looking up the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. 2/9/14
|Here is a picture looking down the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. 2/9/14|
|On the left, another angle of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, on the right|
is the SOLIS Tower (a vacuum telescope, not open to the public). 2/9/14
|On the right, the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope again, and on the left|
the Mead Solar Telescope Array which was open to the public for
solar viewing when I was there! 2/9/14
|This was so cool! I got to look through these telescopes at the sun.|
One showed the sun spots (small cooler spots on the solar surface).
And the other showed prominences along the sun's edge. 2/9/14
|The view from Kitt Peak, looking away from the solar telescopes|
was spectacular too. 2/9/14
It was getting close to closing time, so I didn't go inside the other two telescopes that were open to the public -- the 2.1m Telescope and Mayall 4m Telescope.
|A photo as I walked by the 2.1m telescope. 2/9/14|
|A photo as I drove by the 2.3m Bok Reflector (left), and the|
Mayall 4m Telescope (right). 2/9/14
I hope to go back to Kitt Peak Observatory again, leaving enough time for tours and more exploration.