Mayall 4m telescope with its newly silvered dome on Kitt Peak; inset: Dr. Nicholas Mayall at the prime focus

P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF; inset: Tom Eglin & NOAO/AURA/NSF

New Chapter Begins for Kitt Peak Telescope

Forty-five years ago this month, the 4-m Mayall began its career as an “all-purpose research tool” with the inspection of its first images by then KPNO Director Nicholas Mayall (inset). The telescope now turns to a new mission: creating the largest 3D map of the cosmos. Over the next 15 months, the telescope will prepare for the installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, an ultra-high-tech optical spectrometer capable of measuring the spectra of 5000 astronomical objects simultaneously.

Read more in NOAO Press Release 18-02.

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