The solar system comes into view at this internationally known research observatory. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ was created by Percival Lowell in 1894 and has been on the leading edge of astronomy and research all through out it’s history. The dwarf planet Pluto was discovered by this observatory in 1930.
Lowell Observatory conducts research in a variety of areas and has a lengthy list of modern day equipment to help carry out it’s tasks.
You can visit the Observatory between 9am-5pm. There are guided tours every 45 minutes during most of those hours. There are special hours during the week when the public is invited in to view the stars through the Observatory telescope. These evenings are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. An admission charge is in place. There are interesting souvenirs in the Lowell Gift Shop. Plus there is an interactive exhibit hall.
Lowell Observatory provides an unusual activity for your family. The dark skies of Flagstaff provide a backdrop for this unique facility. The Observatory is located on Mars Hill in west Flagstaff and is very easy to reach.