MDM Observatory: Day 3

Today I went up to the Kitt Peak Visitors Centre to check out their outreach initiatives and giftshop/etc.  This is the visitor centre building.

That’s right, the visitor centre has its own observatory.  In fact, the visitor centre has at least 3 telescopes!  Impressive.  In the centre they had a number of small exhibits and information on the mountain/observatories/history/etc.  Very fun, I found a very large meteorite:

The centre was very good explaining the science behind telescopes, mirrors, and observing.  Here’s me at the focus of a small primarty!

I already posted this pic in twitter today, but it warrants another post here.  This telescope is so big, the instrument+detector are as tall as me!

While I don’t appreciate the clouds at night, they make for an amazing sunrise

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