Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

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Observatory founded in 1894 is most famous for discovering Pluto and for having the fifth largest telescope in the continental United States

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Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate by expiration date on your Groupon, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. New clients only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$24 for general admission for four ($48 value)
$30 for a basic membership for one ($60 value)

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Free admission to the observatory for a family (two adults plus minor children) and two guest passes
  • Discounts in the astronomy gift shop
  • A subscription to the quarterly newsletter The Lowell Observer
  • Free admission to more than 300 science centers participating in the Association of Science - Technology Centers’ Passport Program

Lowell Observatory

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.

Customer Reviews

Great tour by an enthusiastic and informative guide. We purchased the membership so we can take the family back the grandkids enjoyed it. They are already asking for another visit.
Richard · 4 days ago
Great place to visit while in Sedona or Flagstaff Arizona. Lots of history in exploration of our universe.
Sung C. · 7 days ago
I didn't know what to expect and was pleasently surprised. Lots of things to see, fantastic views and good information.
Lori M. · December 1, 2016
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    Lowell Observatory

    1400 W Mars Hill Rd.

    Flagstaff, AZ 86001

    +19287743358

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