Milky Way over McMath

The summer Milky Way rises behind the iconic McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope at NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory’s Kitt Peak National Observatory. The McMath-Pierce was the largest solar telescope in the world from its dedication in 1962 until it ceased research operations at the end of 2017. The interior of the facility is currently being renovated to become the Windows on the Universe Center for Astronomy Outreach. This new facility will give visitors to Kitt Peak a variety of educational experiences, including a portable planetarium, Science on a Sphere, displays highlighting NSF’s astronomy facilities and an unprecedented look at this historic telescope.

Credit:

KPNO/NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/AURA/R. T. Sparks

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Id:iotw2013a
Type:Nightscape
Release date:March 25, 2020, 3 a.m.
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