I can concur with all of the wonderful comments made about the night observing program at Kitt Peak. It is a must-do when visiting the area. Our astronomer (actually an astrophysicist) David Sage was wonderful. He explained difficult conceps in a very easy to understand way for non-scientists. His green laser pointer also made it easy to see what he was pointing out in the sky before we searched for it with binoculars. It was very exciting to watch all of the observatories start to open at the beginning of the program.
My only advice for attendees is to dress VERY WARMLY - we were fortunate to have hat, gloves, wool socks and gortex layers, as were were bicycling at elevation and knew how cold it would be up there at night. If you are easily chilled, consider a balaclava for your face and the chemical "packs" to keep your feet warm - as sitting still for a couple of hours can result in cold extremities. This program is so fantastic, you don't want to be thinking about how cold your xxxxxxxx is, rather than focusing on the wonderous sights around you.
Make your reservations early - this program sells out!
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