From the June 2010 issue

David H. Levy’s Evening Stars: 50 years strong: a national observatory to be proud of

August 2010: Kitt Peak National Observatory plays an important role for astronomers of all stripes.
By | Published: June 28, 2010
August 2010 NGC 6946 Levy
Wendee Levy, the author’s wife, spent several hours atop Kitt Peak capturing this image of spiral galaxy NGC 6946. Adam Block assisted and combined the various colors together to build this image.
Wendee Levy/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

On a beautifully sunny late April day in 1963, my family made its first visit to Kitt Peak National Observatory. As we stood inside the massive interior of the McMath Solar Telescope, we saw the Sun’s rays reflected off a high “coelostat” mirror to the main mirror far below us, and then back to a smaller diagonal that sent the beam to an observing room beneath us.