Learn about the moon’s phases, make your own craters and observe the lunar landscape through one of Kitt Peak’s visitor center telescopes during Moon Madness, Feb. 12-13 at Kitt Peak National Observatory, about 56 miles southwest of Tucson. courtesy photo

Kitt Peak announces its new hands-on public program titled Moon Madness.

The program will be held once each day on either Saturday or Sunday, Feb. 12 or 13. Start time is 3 p.m. with a 7:20 pm departure. Participants should meet at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center.

During the program, visitors will learn about the moon's phases, make their own craters, and observe the lunar landscape through one of Kitt Peak's visitor center telescopes.

The program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 6 years old.

The program is $40 for members, $45 for non-members, $40 for seniors and active duty military, and $25 for children ages 6-16. The program includes a box lunch, class materials and handouts.

Reservations are required. Please call 318-8726 to register. For more information, visit

The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. There is no fee for admission to the visitor center; three daily docent-led tours of the major telescopes are offered for a fee.

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