lowell observatory

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1400 W Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 1400 W Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff Directions
+19287743358
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Report | a day ago
Some walking involved
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Report | 2 days ago
Bring water bottles. It was warm and there was some decent walking. The tour guide said that dehydration was common and drinking lots of water was important. I did not bring water and wished I had. Overall it was a blast though.
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Report | 3 days ago
Stay for the night-time star viewing; if skies are clear.
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Report | 4 days ago
The lines to the different telescopes can get long on clear nights- especially on a weekend night...Just be prepared if you have little ones :D
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Report | 4 days ago
Better to enjoy at evenings, probably after 4 pm, if don't have the whole day.
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Report | 7 days ago
Be patient the lines can get long for the telescopes but the views are great . Good for families visiting Flagstaff .
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Report | 8 days ago
Haven't been, but would love to go there, actually: we're nowhere near Lowelll Observatory, but we bought this deal mainly for the reciprocity included in the membership so that we can affordably hit the Pacific Science Center and a Children's Museum in Seattle when we fly out there next month and other member museums in other travels.
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Report | 9 days ago
Awesome staff...very informative
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Report | 11 days ago
Make sure to plan to go on a clear night! Some or all telescopes will be closed if there is inclement weather.
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Report | 12 days ago
Wear comfy shoes, bring water and check the weather for clear skies!
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Pluto. The solar system's most mysterious planetary body owes its discovery to the Lowell Observatory. It was here, in 1902, that Percival Lowell first suspected the possible existence of the cold, lonely body. However, Pluto isn't the only feather in the observatory's astronomical cap. Lowell astronomers also noted the the first evidence of the expanding universe, and measured the motions and properties of distant stars. In the 21st century, a staff of over 100 continues to look skyward in search of scientific breakthroughs.

Visitors can interact with these achievements at the Steele Visitor Center. Opened during the observatory's centennial year in 1994, the center carries on Percival Lowell's astronomy advocacy by welcoming more than 80,000 guests each year. In addition to tours and lectures, guests can peer through telescopes, visit engrossing exhibits, and take in educational multimedia shows.

In addition to celebrating their heritage, the astronomers at the Lowell Observatory are also looking towards the future. In 2012, they celebrated the completion of the Discovery Channel Telescope. The 4.3-meter scope opens an even wider eye into the secrets of the universe and expands the possibility of discovery for the observatory's team of scientists. The telescope also serves the public good, lending its breathtaking images to programming produced by Discovery Communications.

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