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Lowell Observatory Celebrates Earth Hour on March 29

Earth hour is a worldwide event held annually at the end of March. People are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. as a symbol of their commitment to the health of Earth.   The hope … Continue reading

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Retired Astronaut Mark Kelly Headlines Lowell Speaker Series

Lowell Observatory is pleased to announce Mark Kelly as keynote speaker for the 2014 Lowell Speaker Series.  This event will take place on June 7, 2014 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. Captain Kelly is an American astronaut, … Continue reading

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Lowell Observatory’s Deidre Hunter Wins Prestigious Education Prize

Deidre Hunter, longtime astronomer at Lowell Observatory, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Education Prize. The AAS awards this prize annually “to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and/or … Continue reading

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New Exhibit Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists Pulls Visitors to Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory’s latest traveling exhibit, Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists, opens January 18.  Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this interactive display reveals what we know, don’t know, and think we know about one of the great … Continue reading

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Lowell Observatory Welcomes NAU as Discovery Channel Telescope Partner

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Officials from Lowell Observatory and Northern Arizona University (NAU) signed paperwork Tuesday formalizing NAU as a Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) partner. NAU joins current DCT science partners Boston University, the University of Maryland, and the University of … Continue reading

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Clark Telescope to close for renovations on January 1, 2014

After 117 years of nearly continuous use, first as a research instrument and later as an educational tool, we will close the Clark Telescope on January 1, 2014 for renovation. Reopening is expected some time in 2015.  During the closure, … Continue reading

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Is Lowell offering public viewing of ISON?

Comet ISON continues to speed toward the sun, brightening as it approaches a November 28 rendezvous with our nearest stellar neighbor. Since ISON is only visible for a short time in the predawn hours, we don’t plan on any public … Continue reading

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The Evolving Universe, a Smithsonian exhibition, opens at Lowell on October 12

Lowell Observatory is pleased to announce a new traveling exhibit, The Evolving Universe.  This exhibition, developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, reveals the … Continue reading

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DCT’s First Science Results to be Published

Scientists have reached another important milestone with Lowell’s Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). Comet experts Dave Schleicher and Matthew Knight, along with Stephen Levine, Commissioning Scientist for Lowell’s Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT), observed Comet 10P/Tempel 2 on five nights in early … Continue reading

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William Lowell Putnam to Step Down as Lowell Observatory Trustee

Flagstaff, Ariz. — Today William Lowell Putnam announced his intent to step down from his position as sole trustee of Lowell Observatory.  Grandnephew of Observatory founder Percival Lowell, Putnam assumed trusteeship of the Observatory in 1987 following a successful career … Continue reading

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