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Programming subject to change due to weather conditions, special events, etc. Please pay admission at the Steele Visitor Center before joining any tours or activities.

Solar Program

10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.*

View the Sun or other stars through a specially equipped solar telescope. Objects vary seasonally. On cloudy days when we can’t offer solar viewing, attend an indoor program highlighting the features of the Sun, including ‘live’ images.

*During the time of year that the Sun is too low to view at 4 p.m. we will offer telescope viewing through the McAllister Telescope.

Daytime Guided Tours

11 a.m. The Story of Pluto
Explore the discovery of Pluto in this 45-minute guided walking tour and learn about the Pluto Discovery Telescope.

12 p.m. The Lowell Tour
Explore Lowell Observatory’s past and present research efforts during this 45-minute guided walking tour of the historical campus. This tour includes a stop at the renowned 24” Clark Refracting Telescope, built in 1896 and still in use today.

2 p.m. The Story of Pluto

3 p.m. The Lowell Tour

Putnam Collection Center Open House

Monday – Saturday: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.

Take a look inside the Putnam Collection Center featuring Percival Lowell’s 1911 Stevens-Duryea automobile and other historic items from the observatory’s collections.

Evening Programming (Excludes Sundays)

5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Solar System 
This program explores the Solar System in which we live. Program is held in the Rotunda Museum, approximately 45 minutes in length.

6 p.m. 
Science Demonstrations
Join us for hands-on science experiments discussing how research is conducted in space. Topics may vary. Program is held in the Visitor Center Lecture Hall, approximately 45 minutes in length.

6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Stars and Galaxies 
This program explores not only the vastness of space, but how stars and galaxies are formed. Find our place within the observable universe. Program is held in the Rotunda Museum, approximately 45 minutes in length.

7 p.m.
Unmanned Space Exploration
Since the dawn of humanity, we have looked toward the stars; dreaming of exploring new worlds. Humans are now able to send robotic spacecraft, capable of surpassing the physical limitations of humans, to explore the unknown. From Sputnik to New Horizons, and beyond; these are the pioneers. Program is held in the Visitor Center Lecture Hall, approximately 45 minutes in length.

8:30, 9, and 9:30 p.m.
Constellation Tour
Join us for an outdoor program outlining constellations with a special green laser, learning the mythology behind them, and how to navigate the night sky. Meet in front of the Rotunda Museum for a 30 minute guided program. On cloudy nights or during bright moon, join us inside the Visitor Center Lecture Hall for a indoor version of the night sky and constellations.

Evening Telescope Viewing
Join us for viewing through our telescopes, including the recently refurbished historic Clark 24″ Refractor Telescope. View the planets, the moon, star clusters, and other deep space objects of the season, all with the assistance of our educators.

Especially for Youth

Junior Astronomer Program
Akin to the National Park’s “Junior Ranger” program nation-wide, the Lowell Observatory “Junior Astronomer” program is an activity-based program geared towards youth ages 5 and up. Interested visitors complete a series of activities during their visit, explore the observatory and programs, share their answers with an educator, and earn an official stellar patch upon completion of required activities.

Lowell Observatory Camps for Kids (LOCKs)
These hands-on day camps offer kids the opportunity to learn about STEM through activities such as science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more. There are currently three camps offered, LOCKs: Preschool, LOCKs: Elementary School, and LOCKs: Middle School.

Special Events

Made possible by funding from the Flagstaff Arts Council and City of Flagstaff. Click here to see a calendar of special events. Unless noted otherwise, regular admission fees apply for special events.

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