Scenic USA - Arizona
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
For further detailed information, links to other related sites are provided.
|Photos by Bob Goldman|
A 2.8 million acre section of the Sonoran Desert was set aside for the Tohono O’odham Nation. The reservation, second largest in America, includes three casinos, Mission Xavier del Bac, and the Kitt Peak Observatory. A small 200 acre portion of the reservation, in the Quinlan Mountains, is set-up by permanent lease to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) at Kitt Peak. Astronomers have access to the world's largest assortment of astronomical observation equipment. A three year search studied over 150 possible sites in the United States, and
selected the Sonoran Desert area because of the quality of its night skies. Built in 1958, the observatory enjoyed a 50th anniversary celebration.
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