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Sunrise at Kitt Peak National Observatory


Kitt Peak at sunrise

Sunrise at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO). This view looks to the northwest and shows the University of Arizona Steward Observatory's 90-inch telescope and the KPNO 4-meter Mayall Telescope.

KPNO is located on Kitt Peak, a 2,089-meter mountain 90 kilometers southwest of Tucson, Ariz. 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.

KPNO 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 the National Science Foundation.

Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF

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