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Kitt Peak National Observatory is Closed

Please be advised that to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have closed Kitt Peak National Observatory to all visitors until further notice. All public programs and tours are suspended.  Do not travel up the mountain road for any reason or by any means.  Please revisit this website periodically for updates.

Kitt Peak Visitor Center is your first stop on any visit.  It is your springboard to informative daytime tours, nighttime stargazing programs, fascinating exhibits, a terrific gift shop, and beautiful panoramic mountaintop views!

Established in 1964 and in its sixth decade of operations, the Kitt Peak Visitor Center has been enjoyed by more than two million people.  Our guests experience the largest and most diverse collection of research telescopes in any one place in the world. Three of the nearly two dozen active telescopes on Kitt Peak are dedicated solely to public viewing in our world-renowned nightly stargazing programs.

The mission of visitor center is to inspire a sense of wonder and awe about the Universe through exhibits, daytime tours, and nighttime public programs. Our goal is to inform and educate the public daily about basic astronomy, its current research themes, and the nature of the scientific process.

Read about an impressive new astronomy outreach facility being developed within the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It will enable the public to experience the cutting edge research being carried out at Kitt Peak and NSF’s other astronomy facilities around the globe.

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