Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff

Internationally renowned for astronomical discoveries including the first recorded sightings of Pluto made more than a century ago by Percival Lowell.
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Internationally renowned for astronomical discoveries including the first recorded sightings of Pluto made more than a century ago by Percival Lowell.
The Rotunda Museum at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Courtesy photo

The Rotunda Museum at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Courtesy photo

See the Stars Over Flagstaff

Tour the beautiful grounds with friendly, knowledgeable guides and experience the universe though widescreen multimedia shows, exhibits, live presentations, and SlipherVision, an immersive space theater.

View the moon’s craters and Saturn’s rings through the 32-foot-long Clark Telescope. And peer through the legendary Pluto Telescope, which helped 24-year-old observatory assistant Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto in 1930. 

“Of all the planets, only Pluto was discovered in this country, so it’s a neat piece not only of scientific history but American history,” says Kevin Schindler, Lowell Observatory’s historian.

The Clark Telescope Dome under the night skies at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Clark Telescope Dome under the night skies.

The interactive Space Guard Academy exhibit also is popular, as is Junior Astronomer, a program that allows kids to fill out a packet on-site and receive a patch.

Related story: Two Landmarks That Helped Americans Land on the Moon

For more information:
(928) 774-3358
1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001
lowell.edu

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