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April 8, 2009
From journal Seven Wonders of Flagstaff
March 23, 2009
From journal Our Return to Flagstaff
by wanderer 2005
February 15, 2005
Today the Lowell Observatory is a big tourist attraction. Is also houses the Discovery Channel Telescope. The observatory still does plenty of research and has pictures of the Hale-Bopp Comet.
It's open all year, at different times during the different seasons. Entrance is $5 for adults.
From journal A City among the Pines
St. Louis, Missouri
August 28, 2003
They have an interactive exhibit hall where people can get a hands on experience called Tools of an Astronomer. They have a tour of the facility which has several buildings including the Slipher Building Rotunda, the Pluto Walk, and the historic Clark Telescope and Dome. (I say historic because this is this telescope that discovered the existence of Pluto.) Another big part of what the observatory does is education. You will see a multimedia presentation highlighting Lowell Observatory''s distinguished past, historic discoveries, and current research. There is an amazing gift shop which is fully stocked with astronomy-related books games, gadgets, clothing and such.
But I discovered they had an additional program that would make my husband the happiest "nut" around! They have a special presentation, at night, where you can look through the big Clark telescope yourself! (Book several months ahead for best selection of nights.) You and your group get the services of both an astronomer who works at the observatory and an assistant who will help you locate objects in the sky. We saw Saturn, a distant galaxy, and the Orion Nebula, among others.
There are two presentations an evening of 1.5 hours each. Your group can be as large as 15 or as small as one. The cost is $125 for the first person and $4 for each additional person. I didn''t tell my husband I had booked this until the evening we arrived. It was a great moment when we walked into the dome and he realized what was up! So, I''ll close by saying that this was a highlight of the year for my husband and a definite high for the rest of us as well. There is much more info at their website, so take a look if you''re heading that way. Great traveling!
From journal The Grand Canyon & Other Sites in the Area!
Harbor City, California
February 22, 2003
From journal Flagstaff in February