Getting time on a telescope at Kitt Peak Astronomers desiring observing time on a telescope at Kitt Peak have to write proposals (a formal request for observing time), which are then judged against proposals submitted by other astronomers. The proposal explains why the topic is interesting, what the astronomer wants to observe, and what they hope to learn from their observations. The proposal must also explain how much time the project will take, and justify that amount of time. In general, less than half of submitted proposals get telescope time. From the time the astronomer first develops a proposal until they get the observations can be a year. Imagine what they feel like if it's cloudy the whole time they're on the mountain (this has happened several times to LJS)!
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