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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:00 am

For years, the clear skies and minimal lights of the nighttime Southern Arizona desert have attracted major astronomy facilities to the area from around the world. Some have dubbed this part of the state "The Astronomy Capital of the World."

"WaveLengths: Eyes on The Universe," the science program from Arizona Public Media, focuses on some of the world-class astronomy being conducted in Southern Arizona. The second installment of this WaveLengths season profiles five organizations "doing remarkable things for astronomy science, influencing astronomers all over the planet and making a strong case for the region's nickname."

WaveLengths host Dr. Vicki Chandler takes viewers on a visit to the most powerful telescope in use; to the home of the largest collection of optical telescopes in the world, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary; on a visit with a father and daughter who can now see the celestial wonders Galileo saw 400 years ago, thanks to a low cost, easy-to-assemble telescope; and onsite where a continual search of the sky tries to spot objects in space, before they hit the Earth.

The program, produced by Dan Duncan and Pam White and hosted by BIO5 Institute member Chandler, is presented Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 p.m.

Segments of the series examine Kitt Peak National Observatory; the importance of dark skies; the world's most powerful telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope atop Mount Graham; Galileo's "vision in a box," and the Catalina Sky Survey initiated from Mount Lemmon.

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