The sun breaks through the clouds to highlight the summit of Pikes Peak as seen from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo.

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The summit of Pikes Peak could host a public observatory alongside its souvenirs and high-altitude donuts, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. 
 
The observatory was first proposed nearly 20 years ago, but former Mayor Steve Bach didn't consider the project. Now Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is advising his parks department director to include the observatory in plans for a Summit House on Pikes Peak. 
A proposed summit observatory would give visitors a peek of exoplanets, supernovas and close-up views of the sun. Scientists could also make use of the new equipment to study infrared light and high-energy cosmic rays.
 
Controls for the Pikes Peak telescope would be housed in a future science museum in downtown Colorado Springs that's been in the works for seven years.