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Dark Sky Discovery

Explore the universe on Kitt Peak!  

This four hour program begins about one hour before sunset.  It focuses on the beautiful objects that are only visible on the darkest nights.  You will see galaxies and nebulae.  You will also view any planets that are well placed in the evening sky on the date of your program.  

This program is intended for guests age 14 and older who are already familiar with the night sky, and have an avid interest in astronomy.  The smaller group size of eight or fewer enables you to have extensive interaction with your guide, and experience more views through the eyepiece.

A group orientation and light supper begins the evening and is followed by sunset viewing. You will join in with any Nightly Observing Program participants for this first portion of the evening.  However, following sunset, you and other Dark Sky Discovery program participants will proceed to a separate telescope dome, apart from the larger crowd. The rest of the program focuses on telescope viewing.

This program is held on select dark nights at the Visitor Center on Kitt Peak. The weather on Kitt Peak is approximately 10 – 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson. You will want to wear layers.  Most of this program is outdoors or in a telescope dome, which is not heated.  This dome is not wheelchair accessible.

COST: $74.95 per person if reservations are made online; $80 if reservations are made by phone.  No discounts are available.

At two pm there will a weather call letting you know if the program will occur that evening or not. Please arrive on the mountain at the time indicated in your emailed confirmation and given in the weather call, and check in at the gift shop in the Visitor Center.  

Please plan carefully.  If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the start of your program then you will be charged a $40 per person deposit.

You have a choice of a turkey or vegetarian sandwich as part of the light dinner served at the beginning of the program.  We cannot accommodate special needs requests.  If you have dietary restrictions please bring your own meal.