Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

The Kitt Peak Experience... Like no other

Special Programs Selection Form

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Kitt Peak Visitor Center
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Join us at Kitt Peak to watch the Planets on Parade!

Enjoy this celestial spectacle while learning about the planets and our attempts to explore and understand them.  Mars will be highlighted because of its closest approach to Earth on July 31.  Jupiter and Saturn will be prominent in the line up with Venus starting the show at sunset. This program is intended for guests age 14 and older who have an avid interest in planets. The smaller group size of fifteen or fewer enables you to have extensive interaction with your guide, and experience more views through the telescope eyepiece.


A group orientation and light supper begins the evening and is followed by sunset viewing.  Following sunset, you and other Planets on Parade program participants will proceed to the Visitor Center with its 20-inch telescope. The first hour after sunset will be spent learning about the history of planetary exploration and the planets features.  The final portion of the program includes telescope observations of the planets and other interesting celestial objects.


This program is held on select nights in July and August at the Visitor Center on Kitt Peak. The weather on Kitt Peak is approximately 10 - 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson, so you will want to wear layers.  A large portion of this program is outdoors or in a telescope dome, which is not heated. This dome is not wheel chair accessible.

COST: $75 per person if reservations are made online; $80 if reservations are made by phone. 
No discounts are available. 

Advanced reservations are required and can be made here.

At 2PM there will be a call to you let you know if the program will occur that evening or not. Please have the cell phone number you provided us with you and turned on throughout the day so we can reach you. 

Please arrive on the mountain at the time indicated in your emailed confirmation and given to you by our staff in the phone call, and check in at the gift shop in the Visitor Center.  Please plan carefully.  If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the start of your program then you will be charged a $40 per person cancellation fee. If you do not show and have not cancelled, you will be charged the full program price.

You have a choice of a turkey or vegetarian sandwich as part of the light dinner served at the beginning of the program.  We cannot accommodate other special requests. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own meal.

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