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. Customers must live 90 miles away from the science center they wish to visit.
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 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 musical performances and open hours with astronomers.
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.
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.