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Come to Lowell to see the Transit of Venus, June 5th!

Flagstaff, Ariz. — Lowell Observatory will host a special viewing event for the Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5th. At 2 p.m., join author and science historian William Sheehan for an indoor presentation about this unusual and fascinating celestial … Continue reading

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Lowell Observatory launches new Pro-Am research initiative

Flagstaff, Ariz. — Lowell Observatory is proud to announce the Lowell Amateur Research Initiative (LARI). This program seeks to pair the ever-growing and technically sophisticated amateur astronomy community in exciting research projects with Lowell astronomers. A passionate researcher, Percival Lowell … Continue reading

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The Lives of Stars, or Astronomers as Paparazzi

by Dr. Katy Garmany, Deputy Press Officer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory Stars live for a long time, with even the most massive stars having lifetimes measured in millions of years. But, for a mere few thousand years towards the end … Continue reading

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Are you ready for Adventures in Space?

After nearly 18 months of development, the labor of educational love known as “Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space” is ready for launch! See below for official press release: Flagstaff, Ariz. — The wonders of the solar system are now on … Continue reading

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Uncle Percy’s Kids Camp is coming this summer!

  This summer, we are proud to offer three week-long day camps for school-aged kids (up to 6th grade). Camp themes include the Sun, the Moon, and how we use light to understand the universe. Get more information and sign … Continue reading

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Mini-documentary shows Lowell team aboard SOFIA airborne observatory

A new mini-documentary created by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) about the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) features Lowell astronomers at work aboard the modified Boeing 747 SP during the June 2011 Pluto occultation. You’ll see Dr. … Continue reading

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TIME World’s 100 Most Important Places: #73 Lowell Observatory

In case you hadn’t heard, Lowell Observatory was named one of the world’s 100 most important places by TIME, in the section regarding places of inquiry (which also includes the Royal Observatory and the Galapagos Islands, among others). The Observatory … Continue reading

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Lowell astronomer, project team among last recipients of Keck Interferometer time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2012 Flagstaff, Ariz. — A Lowell Observatory-led research team recently received one full night of observing time with the Keck Interferometer, a near-infrared instrument that combines the largest pair of telescopes in the world. Principal … Continue reading

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Lowell astronomer, project team receive precious time with Herschel Space Observatory

Flagstaff, Ariz. — The LITTLE THINGS (LT) dwarf-galaxy research team recently received 12.3 hours of priority 1 time with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, a far-infrared instrument. LT co-investigator Dr. Deidre Hunter of Lowell Observatory says this … Continue reading

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The Survival of Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3), A Once in a Generation Event

Lowell Observatory postdoctoral research scientist Matthew Knight has been quite busy the last few days. Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3), a recently discovered “Kreutz sungrazing comet,” reached perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) last night and did something none of the … Continue reading

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