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By Leslie Sage

This consultant offers a finished journey of the well-known Kitt height telescopes and an advent to the real examine finished with them. For greater than forty five years, astronomers have used the telescopes at Kitt top nationwide Observatories (KPNO) to make many impressive discoveries concerning the Universe. KPNO helps the main diversified number of astronomical observatories in the world for night optical and infrared astronomy and daylight hours research of the sunlight. it really is at the moment the main visited astronomical observatory web site on this planet, together with over 50,000 viewers a yr from all 50 states and over fifty one nations. With over twenty optical and radio telescopes, the positioning finds to viewers smooth astronomy's nice variety. Leslie Sage is a Senior Editor at Nature journal and examine affiliate, division of Astronomy, college of Maryland. ^lGail Aschenbrener is a Public Affairs Officer, USDA wooded area carrier

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It is the only solar telescope in the world sensitive enough to be used at night. During one set of observations, it was used to discover that there was little or no water in Venus’ atmosphere, contrary to the view at the time that the clouds contained substantial amounts of water (like Earth’s clouds). TEL-2 Kitt Peak solar vacuum telescope The solar vacuum telescope, which opened in 1973, also is used to study the Sun. Much of the path traveled by the light on its way from the main mirror to the instruments is through a big vacuum tube, so that there is little turbulence to spoil the images of the Sun.

How then, does the southwest’s largest city of telescopes survive in such a dry climate? The answer is deceptively simple: Gather rain in a bucket. In this case, though, the “bucket” is a concrete catch basin that can store up to 10 million gallons of water. Additional water, if needed, is trucked up the narrow, winding road. Water is the desert’s most precious resource. Kitt Peak astronomers and support personnel conserve at every opportunity. Please remember this, too, when you visit, and use Kitt Peak’s water wisely.

It is one of the best imaging telescopes in the world, and the addition of a simple adaptive optics system has made it even better. It also is equipped with a multi-object spectrograph, which can be used to obtain the spectra of more than 100 objects simultaneously. For studies of clusters of stars or galaxies where spectra are needed, this makes the telescope 100 times faster than a telescope with a single-object spectrograph. Central Route • TEL-10 Edgar O. 18-meter Explosive Transient Camera/Rapidly Moving telescope TEL-10 Edgar O.

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