North-Central Arizona Sights

Lowell Observatory

  • 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd. Map It
  • West Flagstaff
  • Observatory/Planetarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

In 1894 Boston businessman, author, and scientist Percival Lowell founded this observatory from which he studied Mars. His theories of the existence of a ninth planet sowed the seeds for the discovery of Pluto at Lowell in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. The 6,500-square-foot Steele Visitor Center hosts exhibits and lectures and has a stellar gift shop. Several interactive exhibits—among them Pluto Walk, a scale model of the solar system—appeal to children. Visitors are invited, on some evenings, to peer through the 24-inch Clark telescope and the McAllister, a 16-inch reflector telescope. Day and evening viewings are offered year-round, but call ahead for a schedule. The Clark observatory dome is open and unheated, so dress for the outdoors. To reach the observatory, less than 2 miles from downtown, drive west on Route 66, which resumes its former name, Santa Fe Avenue, before it merges into Mars Hill Road.

Sight Information

Address:

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001, USA

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Phone:

928-233–3212; 928-233–3211-for recorded info

Website: www.lowell.edu

Sight Details:

  • $12
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–10, Sun. 10–5

Published 11/18/2015

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