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Mt. Graham International Observatory

A University of Arizona Astrophysical Research Site

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The 150-acre Mount Graham International Observatory is a scientific research area conceived in the early 1980s. Two of the first telescopes were dedicated in 1993. Chosen for its outstanding location, Mount Graham combines the advantages of existing southwestern sites (like Kitt Peak and Mt Lemmon) with very good image sharpness, low light pollution, an altitude high enough for infrared work and an existing paved access highway. It is essentially unique in its astronomical qualities within the continental United States.

The Discovery Park's Gov Aker Observatory conducts weekend tours of the Mount Graham International Observatory. Tours begin in mid-May and go through mid-November, weather permitting. Because of the endangered red squirrel, access is limited to observatory personnel during the winter (November 15th-April 15th).

Please call to inquire about scheduled events and further touring information.

Location: 1480 W Swift Trail, Safford Arizona 85546 Telephone 928-428-2739 Fax 928-428-2854

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