A Favorite Moment in the Nightly Observing Program

As a guide in our Nightly Observing Program at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center, I find enjoyment in many aspects of our programs.  The programs do, after all, involve astronomy, which is both my hobby and my livelihood.  Our guests have new experiences at the observatory and learn much about

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Getting Started in Astrophotography

Would you like to get started in astrophotography?  If so, you’ll be pleased to know that it is easier and less expensive than you might think.  Here are two types of astrophotography that require only common photographic equipment that you may already own.  Try them both to see how easy

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Open Star Clusters

A fellow stargazer once mentioned in a meeting of our local astronomy club that she avoided observing open star clusters because they were just, well – stars. But that is exactly why I enjoy them and why, as a nighttime guide at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center, I like showing

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View the Milky Way

Can You View the Milky Way?

It came as a shock to me when I learned that 80% of Americans can no longer view the Milky Way from their own backyard due to light pollution. I grew up in a modest sized Midwest town back in the 1960’s, and spent most of my life in rural

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Science of the Sunset

When you join us for an evening observing program on Kitt Peak, we have you run a tad early. We’re not allowed to have folks shinning automobile headlights in the direction of the telescopes, as the Visitor Center has crucially important responsibilities to protect and maintain the scientific integrity of

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I Didn’t Always Like the Moon

I used to find the Moon just plain irritating. You might think that’s a little odd once you learn that I’m a public observing guide at Kitt Peak National Observatory. It was odd, but fortunately, I’ve come around. I now heartily appreciate the Moon. If you’d like to know how

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