News From the Field
New chapter begins for Kitt Peak Telescope
February 12, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new chapter opens today in the history of the 4-meter Mayall Telescope, the largest aperture telescope at NSF's Kitt Peak National Observatory. Having completed its first 45-year-long assignment, the telescope is now poised to embark on a new mission: creating the largest 3-D map of the cosmos to date. The map will help astronomers chart out the role of dark energy in the expansion history of the universe.Full Story
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