Lowell Observatory :
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Lowell Observatory : Michelin's recommendations
Astronomer Percival Lowell established this facility in 1894, 1mi west of downtown Flagstaff. Here in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered the tiny outer planet (since stripped of its planet-status) Pluto by photographing sections of the night sky at six-day intervals and looking for movements in the minuscule dots of light. Stars don't change position; the tiny point of light that did was identified as a planet. Lowell's own 24in Clark refracting telescope is on display and in use during frequent nighttime sky-viewing sessions. Interactive exhibits focus on basic astronomy and space travel.
- Address : 1400 Mars Hill Road USA - Flagstaff AZ 86001-447086001-4470Flagstaff
- Phone : 9287743358
- Website : http://www.lowell.edu
Opening hours :
- Days: open Mar-Oct, daily 9am-5pm (noon, Nov-Feb). Nights: Sep-May, Wed, Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Jun-Aug, 8pm. Closed Jan 1, Apr 16, Jul 4 (evening), Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24, 25.