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Learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Mars Tours will still go inside the dome when possible. In the evening, we will use the recently renovated 16-inch McAllister Telescope as our primary telescope for public viewing.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe traveling exhibit
May 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. A scale model of the HST is the focal point of the installation. "Satellite" units incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works, and a "Space/Time" section features Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Information and models of the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are also included.

October 31 and Nov 1, 2014

Experience special Halloween programming from 5-9:30 p.m.

5 & 7 p.m. Get freaked out by Freaky Physics with science experiments and demonstrations incorporating dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and Van De Graaff generators.

6 & 8 p.m. See Scary Astronomy with scary facts/science relating to space and listen to the scary "sounds of space".

5, 6, 7 p.m. SlipherVision programming will be Halloween-themed and review ominous astronomical objects like black holes and the Soul Nebula.

5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m. Creepy Haunted Observatory Tours.

Also enjoy telescope viewing of various astronomical objects, weather permitting.

Meet an Astronomer
Nov 1, 2014

At 7 p.m. Dr. Larry Wasserman will present, "So why do I Observe Occultations and what is an Occultation Anyway?" From 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Dr. Wasserman will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

School is Out and Kids are Free
Nov 11, 2014

Enjoy hands-on, family-friendly activities throughout the day. Kids under 18 are admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult).

For a complete list of special events scheduled through the end of 2014, click here.


 Visitor Info


Covers day and evening programs; reservations not needed.

Adults: $12

Seniors, AAA, college students: $11

Ages 5–17: $6

Under 5: free

Members: Free

For general questions about our day and evening programs, call the Visitor Center at (928) 233-3212 during open hours (listed below).

Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a group discount; to qualify, you must make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Contact Samantha Flagg by email or phone at 928-856-9484.


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to see seasonal hours.

Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round.
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for the current time in Flagstaff, AZ.

Special Closures in 2014

Nov 26 Observatory closes at 5 p.m.

Nov 27 Observatory closed all day

Dec 24 Observatory closed all day

Dec 25 Observatory closed all day

Jan 1, 2015 Observatory closed all day