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View of Kitt Peak Mountain through the slit of the Mayall
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View of Kitt Peak Mountain through the slit of the Mayall 4-meter telescope dome, with ...

April 14, 2010
View of Kitt Peak Mountain through the slit of the Mayall 4-meter telescope dome, with Baboquivari Peak in the background.

More about this Image The observing facilities of Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) are on Kitt Peak, a 2,089-meter mountain 90 kilometers southwest of Tucson, Arizona. KPNO includes the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope, the 4-meter Mayall telescope and a 2.1-meter general-purpose reflector. Numerous other telescopes operated by universities or private consortia are also tenants on Kitt Peak. A full complement of state-of-the-art spectroscopic and imaging instrumentation is available for use on these telescopes. Kitt Peak is one of several observatories that make up the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO), a national center for research in ground-based optical and infrared astronomy, supported by National Science Foundation.