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The final frontier is a relative term—at one point it meant crossing Raptor Canyon without losing at least one limb. Discover the pinnacle of modern-day exploration with today's deal: for $30, you get a one-year basic-level membership to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, a $60 value. The membership covers the admission of two adults and two minor-aged children for 365 days, as well as a number of other perks, including:

  • Two guest passes
  • Subscription to the observatory's quarterly newsletter, The Lowell Observer
  • Discount in the astronomy gift shop
  • Free admission to over 300 affiliated science centers
  • Free telescope rides

Characterized by one of its supporters as "the people's observatory," Lowell's astronomers make a habit of being on hand during events and open telescope viewing times to answer any and all questions or wishes made upon stars S.3454 through DE4.7895. Daily events include guided tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., solar viewing through a sun-specific telescope from 12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., multimedia shows such as the Mannheim Steamroller–soundtracked Heavy Astronomy, and at dusk, telescope spotting of the moon, Saturn, flying sheep, and more. Summer brings a host of special spaceular events such as an exhibition of space art by Greg Mort, open hours with astronomers, and a Mars-themed film festival.

Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell, the observatory has made incredible discoveries in its century-plus of gazing upward and squinting at glittery specs of mystery. It continues to lead in the search for planets around distant stars, mapping the distant Kuiper Belt, and "just getting to know" the mercurial personality of the sun.


The Lowell Observatory has received extensive mention in the press, much of it relating to the Discovery Channel Telescope being built at the observatory. The Lowell Observatory was also included in a feature on Arizona attractions in the Toronto Star. TripAdvisors give the Lowell Observatory an average of 4.5 owl eyes. Seven Yelpers give it a four-star average:

  • If you're going to visit an observatory, you may as well do it in the world's first international dark-sky city. – Reb Stevenson, Toronto Star
  • We saw Saturn (rings and all) thru their large telescope (just being in the observatory was cool) and it was amazing to see. – GrayFamilyTravels, TripAdvisor
  • The guide that assisted us in viewing the planet was really cool and informational!! – Nicole W., Yelp

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Children must be minors for admission. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory was established in 1894 by Percival Lowell atop a mesa overlooking downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. In 1960, a dark-sky research site was established at Anderson Mesa, 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff. Today, the 180-acre use permit area on the Coconino National Forest hosts several telescopes and the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer. In 1994, in celebration of the centennial year, the Steele Visitor Center was opened. As of 2015, well over a million people have passed through its doors. Some 100,000 visitors each year enjoy tours, telescope viewing, exhibits, multimedia shows, and more. Percival Lowell inspired millions with his tireless advocacy of astronomy in the public eye, and his observatory continue this commitment today.

In 2012, Lowell Observatory embarked on its greatest adventure yet with the completion of the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). This new facility, in full science operations as of 2015, vastly expands the breadth of research capabilities for Lowell astronomers and those of its institutional partners. Even more exciting, partnership with Discovery Communications provides an avenue to bring research results and breathtaking images to hundreds of millions worldwide. In December of 2017, Lowell Observatory announced a major expansion to the Mars Hill Campus that included an Open Deck Observatory, Universe Theatre, and Open Sky Planetarium.

The Giovale Open Deck Observatory is expected to ‘break ground’ in Summer of 2018. Our Mission The mission of Lowell Observatory is to pursue the study of astronomy, especially the study of our solar system and its evolution; to conduct pure research in astronomical phenomena; and to maintain quality public education and outreach programs to bring the results of astronomical research to the general public.

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