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Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids Exhibition at Lowell

"Great Balls of Fire"

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids
Saturday June 22, 2013 - Monday September 2, 2013

Hot on the heels of another successful special exhibit, Lowell Observatory is proud to present "Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors".

The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? With Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Lowell Observatory will bring recent discoveries and cutting-edge planetary science to our visitors.

The exhibition is divided into four areas: Origins, Asteroids, Comets and Impacts/Risk. It includes a variety of interactive, multimedia experiences, ranging from straightforward computer-based activities to a larger scale, “pod” where visitors play the role of explorers-in-training—an important theme that threads throughout the exhibition. This work was completed by the Space Science Institute, which was supported by NSF under Grant No. ESI-0404414.

Join us opening night for special guest speaker and "Meteorite Man" Geoff Notkin at 7 p.m.! Tickets for this event are free with regular admission/membership. However, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Saturday morning (6/22) in the Steele Visitor Center.

"Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors" runs from Saturday June 22, 2013 to Monday September 2, 2013.

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Normal hours and admission fees apply.

No reservations needed or accepted. Large groups should e-mail Mary DeMuth or call 928-233-3235.

 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.

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10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Special Closures in 2015

Jan 1, 2015 - Closed all day

Nov 26, 2015- Closed all day

Dec 25, 2015 - Closed all day