Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

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Are you ready for the RED PLANET? The 2014 Opposition of the planet Mars is fast approaching!


Come to Kitt Peak (YOUR National Observatory!) for a public program dedicated to everyone’s favorite planet - MARS! Mars reaches opposition (its closest approach to Earth) on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.


Kitt Peak is pleased to announce three special nights dedicated to The Red Planet, centered on and after the opposition date. This program will feature education, telescopic observation of Mars (and other objects), and a look back at 100 years of looking at the Red Planet! Learn about its place in the solar system, its place in history, and its place in the hearts and minds of Man. Observe Mars during its closest approach to Earth for the next two years through one of Kitt Peak’s Visitor Center Telescopes. This program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 8 years old.


Also appearing for this event: Special Guest Planets JUPITER and the MOON!


This program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 8 years old. A boxed dinner will be provided.





The Kitt Peak Visitor Center




Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Thursday, April 10th, 2014




5:30 PM - 10:00 PM




$45 non-members

$25 children 8 – 16

$5.00 discount for Kitt Peak Members

FREE to citizens of the Tohono O’odham Nation




Use our new online reservation system -or-

Call (520) 318-8726 to register.

            (Limited to 25 people per night, so sign up away!)




You may cancel at any time up to 48 hours prior to the program date without any penalty. A $20 per person cancellation fee will be charged for those who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the program date. If we are forced to cancel the program ourselves, you will not be charged anything.


On the day of the program we will make a “weather call” and determine if the program will proceed as scheduled or not. Assuming the weather cooperates, the per-person fee will be charged automatically at this time. You will receive a copy of your receipt at check-in time.


If a last-minute emergency or other situation comes up so that some or your entire group cannot make it, please let us know as soon as possible. It may save you money, and will allow us to fill the empty space with others from our waiting list.


We are very sorry, but this program is not handicapped accessible. You must be able to climb one flight of stairs and spend at least 1/2 hour standing on your feet.         




- DRESS WARM! Hats gloves and layered clothing required! It will still be VERY COLD on Kitt Peak in April!

- Come early if you wish to shop in our Gift Shop (it will not be open after the program ends).




- Bring weapons, alcohol, or pets.

- Use cell phones, white lights, or green lasers while on the Mountain

- Smoke anywhere on Kitt Peak




email Bob Martino, the Program Coordinator at:

Or call (520) 318-8736

(It’s easier to reach me via email than by phone. Please do NOT call or email the Program Coordinator if you just want a reservation! Call the Registration Number listed above.)



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When you have selected your program and desired date, please click Submit

Please call 520-318-8726 with any questions that you may have.