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Learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Deep Space 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.

The Planets and Earth from Space Traveling Exhibit
December 13, 2014 - March 6, 2015

Science on a Sphere Exhibit

In January 2015, Lowell Observatory's Steele Visitor Center opened Science on a Sphere, a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, like a giant animated globe. Images of atmospheric storms, ocean movements, and land masses of a planet can be shown on the sphere, explaining complex environmental processes in ways that are intuitive and captivating.

Pluto at 85: From Discovery to New Horizons
Grand Opening: Friday, March 13, 2015

This new exhibit will answer your questions about Pluto, from why we were searching for a planet, to what it means to be a "planet" and what we might find when we arrive. Presented by Exodyne, Inc.

Starry Skies Shop Lucky Science Weekend
Friday, March 13 - Sunday March 15, 2015

This St. Patrick's Holiday, celebrate with our Lucky Science Weekend Sale March 13th - 15th. Everything in the Starry Skies Shop will be 15% off for members and 10% off for non-members! Receive an additional 5% off when you like our Starry Skies Shop on Facebook while shopping.

2nd Friday Science Night: Electromagnetic Spectrum - Radio through Infrared
Friday, March 13, 2015

Features exciting science demonstrations and science experiments. Shows at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

Nightly Pluto Show
Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2015

Beginning March 14 we will have a Pluto show in the evening that will feature exciting Pluto-related science demonstrations and experiments. The show will take place in the Steele Visitor Center at 8 p.m. every night we are open to the public (excludes Sundays unless hours have been extended).

LOCKs - Preschool: Density
Saturday, March 21, 2015

These 90-minute camps - led by Lowell educators - are offered at three times: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m, or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parents are able to explore topics in physics and astronomy with their children. Each child will receive a notebook for recording activities, which include science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more! Click here for more information about LOCKs - Preschool.

Meet an Astronomer - Jeff Hall
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Hall will give a talk about his research titled, "Our Variable Sun " at 7 p.m. He will be available to answer questions afterward.
The Sun seems to shine with a steady light, but in fact it is quite a violent place. We'll take a look at our star from the inside out - how it generates energy, how that energy makes its way from the deep solar interior into space, how it varies in an 11-year cycle, and the effect those variations have on Earth.

Lights Out Flagstaff at Lowell Observatory
Saturday, March 28, 2015

We will offer free admission after 5 p.m. and will have dark-sky oriented activities and programs between 5 and 10 p.m. Lights Out Flagstaff is a weekend celebration of Flagstaff's incredible night sky heritage and commitment to responsible energy consumption. For two nights, homes, businesses, and city buildings will turn off their lights and enjoy free public astronomy programs provided by Flagstaff community organizations. Join us in celebrating Flagstaff - the First International Dark Sky City - on March 27th and 28th, 2015. Click here for more information about the Lights Out Flagstaff event.


 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.

2015 Hours

Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Special Closures in 2015

Jan 1, 2015 - Closed all day

Nov 26, 2015- Closed all day

Dec 25, 2015 - Closed all day