A massive tower of rock, Baboquivari Peak (7734 feet) dominates the landscape south of Kitt Peak. Baboquivari Peak is composed of red, alkali-rich granite of Late Jurassic age, approximately 145 million years old. Baboquivari Peak, sacred to the Tohono O'odham people, takes its aboriginal name from Waw Kiwulik, meaning "narrow around the middle." Some legends say the peak was hour-glass
Baboquivari Peak's granite dome dominates the horizon south of Kitt Peak. Like Kitt Peak, Baboquivari Peak is sacred to the Tohono O'odham people. Photo by GBA
shaped, the top half having slid off after a tremendous upheaval. On this great peak is where the spirit of I'itoi, Elder Brother of the Tohono O'odham, resides. Here near the "navel of the world" or "center of the Universe," it seems appropriate that people from many nations come to this part of Arizona to study celestial origins.
The WHAM 0.6-meter telescope maps hot gas emissions through robotics. Its remote observations are controlled by astronomers located at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. The dome of the 2.1-meter telescope is seen in the background. Photo by GBA.
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