Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

The Kitt Peak Experience... Like no other

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Kitt Peak Visitor Center

Program Description

Program Price: $75

Have you ever seen the Milky Way? If you've seen it often enough, you may have noticed that it's brighter in the summer than in the winter. Come observe the summer Milky Way under the dark, clear skies of Kitt Peak, and learn about the star clusters and nebulas you can find within its haze. We'll even look for the elusive, and often overlooked dark nebulas, seen by their silhouettes rather than their glow.

The program will begin after dinner (provided) with a guided sunset walk. After sunset, we will return indoors to learn about the Milky Way and the different kinds of objects within it we will be observing. Once we are primed for observing we will head back outside and observe the Milky Way with our unaided eyes, as well as binoculars and a telescope. In addition to some brighter, easier to see objects, we will challenge you to pick out some fainter, darker objects in the sky. Kitt Peak's clear, dark skies, and higher elevation will help us to be able to see the usually invisible objects like dark nebulas.

Dark Nebula Nights Programs will run on select nights in July, August, and September, when the Milky Way is best viewed.

Program arrival will vary depending on sunset, and will be 2 hours prior to sunset, with departure approximately 3 and a half hours past sunset.

Programs will run whether or not there is cloud cover. In the event it is too cloudy to observe at all—which is unusual—programs will remain inside and extend the instructional portion of the program to learn more about the features of the Milky Way virtually.



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Please call 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739 with any questions that you may have.