Kitt Peak

Astrophoto: Star Trails Over Kitt Peak

by Nancy Atkinson December 5, 2013

Our pal Rob Sparks said he had always wanted to try creating a star trails picture and this is his first attempt. Very nice! Of course, he had a great view of the telescopes on Kitt Peak in Arizona as a stunning foreground, (the lights of Tucson are to the right) but had to deal […]

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Behind the Scenes at Kitt Peak Observatory: What is an Observing Run Really Like?

by Shannon Hall June 24, 2013

Greetings, from the Kitt Peak National Observatory, in Arizona!  I’m here on a weeklong observing run, which is arguably the coolest and hardest part of the job. Shannon Hall on Google+

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A Parting Look at 2012 DA14: Was This a Warning Shot from Space?

by Jason Major February 18, 2013

Just as anticipated, on Friday, Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed us by, zipping 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) above Earth’s surface — well within the ring of geostationary weather and communications satellites that ring our world. Traveling a breakneck 28,100 km/hr (that’s nearly five miles a second!) the 50-meter space rock was a fast-moving target for […]

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A Cosmic Rose for Your Spacey Valentine

by Nancy Atkinson February 12, 2013

We space-nerds like to express our amorous feelings, just like the rest of the population (although admittedly some of need more help/prodding in this area than others). And so just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this new image of a planetary nebula, which looks like a rose — or even a tulip – to […]

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One of the Largest Astronomical Images Ever Made

by Jason Major December 18, 2012

The northern portion of the Cygnus Loop, as seen in an enormous new panorama from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners Looking for a stunning new desktop image to wrap up the year? Try this: it’s an amazing panorama of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant located 1,500 light-years away in the constellation […]

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