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Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-233-3211
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Description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research...
Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop.
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Visit about 1 hour before dark & stay to view the planets. Make sure that it is a very clear night. 👍

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Visit about 1 hour before dark & stay to view the planets. Make sure that it is a very clear night. 👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the insight of the tour guides. Actually touch the telescope that found Pluto. They also offer solar and night viewing...all included in the price of the ticket!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After bringing family members on our 2nd visit to Lowell, I was struck by how this site was involved in American culture, not just the history of astronomy. Percival Lowell's fascination with Mars was a major source in today's space-alien meme, starting the whole idea of "Martians". And the ongoing story of Pluto, now one of a growing set of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A bit of paradise atop of Flagstaff. There's something more than magical here, as this oasis to our stars and planets is so lovingly cared for. I love the Boston connection, albeit Lowell, the connection was a strong force, that was so relatable. Although a cloudy sky, solar system aficionados will feel the attraction here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you have a chance to visit this year, do it! It is the "year of Pluto" at this observatory that discovered Pluto. In addition, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft is going to flyby Pluto this summer. The observatory is hosting special pluto tours for this epic event. There is plenty to do during the day - the grounds and... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Fun place to visit with kids, especially at night! You'll get to see the telescopes that discovered so much. Educational.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Stopped here on our way to Vegas, I have no words to explain when I saw the solar Flares for the first time. Its phenomenal!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a place worth visiting. Very interesting subject matter and a chance to see something you probably would never see otherwise. The staff are actually very engaging and so knowledgeable. I do suggest that you check the weather before going, we stopped thru on our way to Phoenix from the GC and it was too cloudy to really get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As we only had 1 night in bishop, we decided to visit the Lowell observatory and we were not disappointed. At $10 entrance fee, it was great value for money and the guide was superb

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

3 generations went for 7 pm lecture about solar system, (age 66-14), lady mumbled, we kept relocating to hear better. Telescope usage depends on time of night and season of year. The later in evening you go, the more you'll see. After a day in canyon, a late night wasn't good for us. ABust

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