Arizona Stargazing


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Everyone should spend one night marveling at objects light-years beyond their grasp. It has a humbling effect, an inexorable pull. Curiosity rules!
Tour Arizona observatories. Visit the Arizona Science Center Planetarium, or attend a free stargazing night at one of the Maricopa County Parks. Better yet, purchase a time machine at your local telescope shop.



Observatories


Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory Established in 1894 by Percival Lowell, it was the first astronomical observatory in Arizona. Research successes include the first evidence of an expanding universe and the discovery of Pluto.
It was Percival Lowell's wish that the observatory take a welcoming stance toward the public, and today, this wonderful place offers a plethora of exhibits, events, Sky Tonight Shows, and telescope viewings. Visit their web site for a calendar of events.
Hours: 928-774-2096
Office: 928-744-3358
hot arrow www.lowell.edu

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory The world's largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, is home to twenty-two optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions.
hot arrowwww.noao.eduVisit Kitt Peak Observatory!

Mount Graham International Observatory

Mount Graham International ObservatoryThe tours feature a trip up scenic Mount Graham, focusing on the mountain's rich geology, history, and diversity of life; a lunch near the summit of the mountain; and a guided tour of the present observatory facility, which consists of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope and the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope. A featured attraction is the newly constructed 16-story enclosure -- housing the world's most powerful optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope. Telescope assembly began in June 2002 and the telescope is scheduled to be in operation in 2007.
Discovery Park is the official tour agent for the Mount Graham International Observatory. Tours are conducted on Saturdays, beginning mid-May until mid-November, or until weather prohibits them. Group arrangements can be made for any day of the week through a reservation process. To make reservations or for further information, please contact:

Discovery Park
1651 W. Discovery Park Blvd., Safford
928-428-6260 Option 3
hot arrow www.discoverypark.com/obstour.htmlVisit Mount Graham Observatory!

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional astronomy and science learning facility located on a desert "sky island" just north of Tucson, AZ.

Experience the grandeur of the night sky like never before, from our new 32-inch Schulman telescope. This telescope is now the largest dedicated public observing telescope in Arizona and offers you captivating access to the Universe. Our world-renown expertise in delivering out-of-this-world experiences along with awe-inspiring images of the cosmos is like no other.

The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9157' summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver premium educational adventures including:
hot arrow  SkyNights: SkyNights is a popular after-dark program that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the SkyCenter for experiencing the heavens. The SkyNights experience is offered nightly throughout the year.
hot arrow  Astronomer Nights Astronomer Nights is a Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter program in which visitors observe as professional astronomers for 1 or 2 evenings. As a visitor for this extended observing program, YOU become the astronomer investigating the cosmos and deciding how the night unfolds.
hot arrow  Youth Observing Nights: Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter provides educational programs to school and youth groups (middle school and older) to learn about the night sky. SkyCenter staff will modify our standard program for your group based on your needs. We have worked with school groups, girls scouts and boy scouts and clubs. Groups have access to the 20-inch Jamieson telescope or the 32-inch Schulman telescope. These programs can be overnights as well as one evening.
hot arrow skycenter.arizona.edu




Capturing Satellites


Spacecraft Watch

NASA spacecraft watch NASA has a neat Web site that lets you track the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Hubble Space Telescope and other spacecraft and satellites. The space station, at an altitude of 240 miles, takes about 10 minutes to cross the night sky.
spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings


Star Gates

Arizona Astronomy: arizonaastronomy.com
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association: tucsonastronomy.org
Saguaro Astronomy Club: saguaroastro.org
East Valley Astronomy Club: eastvalleyastronomy.org
Huachuca Astronomy Club: www.hacastronomy.com
Northern Arizona Astronomy Association: phy.nau.edu/~naaa
Prescott Astronomy Club: prescottastronomyclub.org
Stargazing For Everyone: www.stargazingforeveryone.com
Arizona Science Center azscience.org
NASA: nasa.gov
Hubble Telescope: hubblesite.org


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