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Astronomical Things to See and Do in Flagstaff

(Published on - 6/17/2021 4:42:49 PM)

With an abundance of natural beauty, landmarks, ski areas and cultural sites to enjoy, don’t forget to look up! Flagstaff is the world’s first International Dark Sky City.

The fascination with Northern Arizona’s night sky began with the earliest civilizations. Native American stories, shared around campfires, captured meaning in and reverence for the stars. In modern times, astronomer Percival Lowell is credited with nurturing our appreciation for the cosmos and building a consciousness about the possibility of life in the universe.

LOWELL OBSERVATORY

In 1896, Lowell built the Clark Telescope at what is now Lowell Observatory to study what he thought were canals on Mars. Although he couldn’t prove there was life on our neighboring planet, he inspired throngs of future scientists and casual observers to wonder, explore and learn. It is here that Pluto was discovered, as well as planets orbiting around stars trillions of miles away. One of the most significant findings was the first evidence of the expanding universe.

Lowell’s legacy continues on as the observatory promotes world-class research and public education. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory (affectionately called GODO) boasts five advanced telescopes on an elevated plaza. Visitors can enjoy a unique experience and connection to the universe through extraordinary views of our moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets while knowledgeable professionals interpret these observations.

-Destination Flagstaff @7000ft, 2021 Official Relocation & Visitor’s Guide ( A publication of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce  www.FlagstaffChamber.com)

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