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Learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Mars Tours will still go inside the dome when possible. In the evening, we will use the recently renovated 16-inch McAllister Telescope as our primary telescope for public viewing.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe traveling exhibit
May 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. A scale model of the HST is the focal point of the installation. "Satellite" units incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works, and a "Space/Time" section features Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Information and models of the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are also included.

Orionid Meteor Shower
October 22-23, 2014

Celebrate one of the year's best meteor showers, with activities from 6-9:30 p.m. Also enjoy telescope viewing of various astronomical objects, weather permitting.

Partial Solar Eclipse
October 23, 2014

In Flagstaff, the partial solar eclipse begins at 2:19 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m. Approximately 81% of the Sun will be covered at mid-eclipse, which occurs at 3:36 p.m.

Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun between 2 and 5 PM.

Educators will be on hand to assist with viewing and will demonstrate how to create pinhole cameras for safe viewing of the Sun at home. Solar filter viewing glasses are available for purchase in the Starry Skies Gift Shop.

Meet an Astronomer: Jeff Hall
October 25, 2014

Dr. Hall will give a presentation about his research from 7-7:30 p.m. and then answer your questions from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Also enjoy telescope viewing of various astronomical objects, weather permitting.

October 31 and Nov 1, 2014

Experience special Halloween programming from 5-9:30 p.m. Also enjoy telescope viewing of various astronomical objects, weather permitting.

For a complete list of special events scheduled through the end of 2014, click here.


 Visitor Info


Covers day and evening programs; reservations not needed.

Adults: $12

Seniors, AAA, college students: $11

Ages 5–17: $6

Under 5: free

Members: Free

For general questions about our day and evening programs, call the Visitor Center at (928) 233-3212 during open hours (listed below).

Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a group discount; to qualify, you must make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Contact Samantha Flagg by email or phone at 928-856-9484.


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round.
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for the current time in Flagstaff, AZ.

Special Closures in 2014

Nov 27 Observatory closed all day

Dec 24 Observatory closed all day

Dec 25 Observatory closed all day

Jan 1, 2015 Observatory closed all day