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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

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Address: The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
Phone Number: 520-626-8122

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See galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas

Give yourself plenty of time to drive up, so that you can stop at the numerous lookout points. Heed the organizers' warnings about the cold. The elevation and wind will combine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have more than just a casual interest in the heavens, you should not miss this five-hour chance to learn and view what's out there. Rob did a really good of presenting the heavens! For me, it is more than I can comprehend. I just love to see stars and planets and the Milky Way, and I'm privileged to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The excellent presentation by Rob captured my attention and imagination even though I don't know much about astronomy. It made watching the sun set and looking through the telescope even more enjoyable. It was as cold as they warned so I was glad to have hat, gloves and down vest. The whole experience was a fascinating and I will look... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Give yourself plenty of time to drive up, so that you can stop at the numerous lookout points. Heed the organizers' warnings about the cold. The elevation and wind will combine for a nasty experience if you are unprepared. Bring a thermos, the organizers provided hot water for tea, and a pot of coffee. The catered dinner tasted great. If... More 

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abra susojos,new mex, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are New York City citizens that never bother to see the statue of liberty, that is a a loss. For a Tucsonan or a visitor thereof to fail go to the top of Mt. Lemmon that is a tragedy. You must ask yourself why you are in Tucson. And if you go to the top of Mt.Lemmon and not... More 

3 Thank Charles G
Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

One of the "top ten" things to do in Tucson, the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center offers a unique opportunity for visitors to Tucson, to see many of the wonders of the night sky, using research grade astronomical telesocpes, to view the heavens. At the 9,157 ft. summit of Mt. Lemmon, the highest of the mountains in the Santa Catalina Mountain... More 

1 Thank KenfromTucson
Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

The tour was deeply interesting and very informative. Kathie explained many details about the universe in a non technical way. We enjoyed the evening. thanks to Kathie and greetings from Vienna/Austria

1 Thank staudivoss
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

First of all, let me tell you to download the free app from U of A for the drive up Mt. Lemmon. And make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point. Matt and Travis were our guides for the evening. Travis was taking pictures for future publications and some new items for the gift... More 

3 Thank lindadudley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

We went back up to the top of Mt. Lemmon to visit the U of A's Sky Center and enjoyed the program just as much as the first time. There were clouds blocking a portion of the sky but our guide, Kathie, worked very hard to find other interesting features that we could enjoy. The program is full of information... More 

1 Thank jcnagle850
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

We love loved our mini class on astronomy. Ms. K did a fantastic shop making learning objectives very clear and was very engaging. Pacing was great and we had the opportunity to view and identify multiple planets, constellations, star clusters, stars, and orbiting satellites using multiple mediums. Experience was priced right. Fantastic! Dress warm!

Thank Juli T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

We went up for the sky gazing trip during our vacation stay in Tucson. We had Kathy as our instructor and she was first rate. She knew everything about the night sky and had a great way of making you feel a part of everything. The view of Jupiter and her 4 moons along with the sunspot on the sun... More 

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