Space Observatory and Galaxy Tours!
Named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by Time Magazine (2011)
This telescope was as big as a house! I can't believe that this telescope was made over a hundred years ago and it still works! You can see the rings around Saturn as big as a basketball!
Lowell's Observatory is a 116 year old space observatory that is filled with all sorts of cool astronomy equipment from both the past and the present. The telescopes here are some of the largest and most powerful pieces in the world, so visiting the observatory and being able to view the solar system through these amazing pieces of equipment is well worth the time and minor admission fees.
The Lowell Observatory is home to the Clark Telescope, the gigantic 12 ton dome telescope which still rotates smoothly more than one hundred years after its creation. There are plenty of telescopes to use for viewing various constellations and planets, and the staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful to those who do not have a background in astronomy or the sciences. Probably one of Lowell's greatest claims to fame is that it was the site where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, what was once considered to be the smallest and most distant planet, in 1930.
In addition to the Observatory, admission prices include access to the Lowell Observatory Visitor's Center, daily guided tours (Pluto and Mars), educational videos, unique kid's programs, solar viewing, and nighttime telescope viewing with educational assistance and feedback from the extremely knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Since the observatory is still a functioning research facility, it is interesting to discuss current projects with the staff and volunteers.
1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Visit the observatory on a clear night so you can see as many stars and planets as possible.
Mom Note: Since the Observatory is situated at a high altitude (7200 feet), it is important to pace yourself and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
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