Kitt Peak National Observatory, Topawa

#5 of 25 in Childrens Museums in Arizona
Must see · Observatory · National Park
The Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) is a United States astronomical observatory located on Kitt Peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odham Nation, 88 kilometers (55 mi) west-southwest of Tucson, Arizona. With more than twenty optical and two radio telescopes, it is one of the largest gatherings of astronomical instruments in the northern hemisphere.
Kitt Peak National Observatory was founded in 1958. It was home to what was the largest solar telescope in the world, and many large astronomical telescopes of the late 20th century in the United States.
The observatory was administered by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) from the early 1980s until 2019, after which it was overseen by NOIRLab.
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  • My wife and I visited here in early November last year during a two-night stay in Tucson. Visiting this observatory was an essential activity in our Arizona vacation, which was astronomy-themed as...  more »
  • The drive there was amazing and the scenery was truly beautiful. We arrived early so we could just tour around on our own and visit the gift shop. The products they offered for sale were of good....  more »
  • A must visit place. The tour guides are so hard working!!! They do so many things so perfectly! They're a wonderful host, they are a helpful salesmen, they drive well, they help you protect car headlights, But they're the Best guides as they're knowledgeable and give you all the insights. Loved the experience. Thanks Carmen, Arsh and One more person (sorry I don't remember the name)
  • We really enjoyed the night observing program! Guide (Fred) was very knowledgeable, and created an interesting and fun experience for us. Can't wait to return when the McMath Solar Telescope is revamped & operational once more.

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