A journey back in time to discover the roots of Kitt Peak observatory
By Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan
They listened to William W. Morgan, a professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago, deliver the official address. After the ceremony, the visitors ate lunch and toured the mountain.
The dedication of the Kitt Peak National Observatory tied two cultures together—one with ancient roots in the Southwest, the other with modern eyes on the universe. Helmut Abt, an astronomer at Kitt Peak, played a key role in establishing a modern observatory on the Tohono O’odham’s (then called the Papago) ancestral homeland.
“Kitt Peak observatory is very successful on the mountain, and they (Tohono O’odham) have gotten something in return,” Abt said.