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Shining bright: Tucson, Ariz. observatory ranked among best stargazing sites nationwide

The Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Ariz. was recently ranked among the best stargazing sites in the nation, according to Foder's Travel. (Facebook/Kitt Peak National Observatory)

PHOENIX — Stargazing: Easily one of the most relaxing and beautiful activities. But did you know one of the best stargazing sites in the nation could be right in your backyard?

(Well, kind of.)

The Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, was recently ranked No. 6 in the nation for the best stargazing sites, according to Fodor’s Travel.

Ppl who know me know I love #astronomy so visiting the #kittpeak observatory near Tuscon was such a pleasure. It has the world's largest collection and assortment of #telescope s

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Not only does the observatory house the world’s largest collection of optical telescopes, but it’s entirely open to the public.

Kitt Peak’s ideal location on top of a mountain makes getting spectacular views like this possible.

Had a great day 🌍 #nofilter #12hourfieldtrip #kittpeak

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Seriously, how can you beat these views?

If you want, you can even register for a Nightly Observing Programs, where you get to rent an entire telescope for $49. So, head down to Tucson and take the time to observe the beautiful world around you.

You won’t be disappointed!

#milkyway #Kittpeak #lunareclipse

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