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Lowell Observatory is an independent non-profit research institution that has pursued its mission of astronomical discovery since 1894. Today, our staff of astronomers and planetary scientists continue the work of revealing our universe with unparalleled academic freedom and access to advanced instrumentation, including the observatory’s own 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope.
Areas of Research
"Lowell Observatory—Worlds Revealed"
Percival Lowell began using this seal shortly before his death in 1916. It shows the 24″ Clark Refractor and its dome, one of Lowell’s drawings of Mars, and a formula used to calculate perturbations in a planet’s orbit.
A Tradition of Cutting-Edge Research
Lowell has been at the forefront of astronomical research for well over a century, with critical discoveries made from the inner solar system to the far reaches of the universe. The first detection of the expanding universe and the discovery of Pluto are but two of the foundation blocks upon which Lowell’s legacy of research has been built.Explore Our Research History
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