Lowell Observatory, $15. Clockwise from upper-left.
- It snowed here tonight. Jesus. I don’t understand weather. From Phoenix to Flagstaff is 2 hours.
- Clark optical (refraction) telescope building
- (below above) MacAllister reflector telescope in red light
- View of Jupiter over MacAllister telescope. You can see one of the visitors looking through the telescope.
- Clark telescope shutdown for the evening due to inclement weather
- Entrance with “hierglyphics”? Stargate coordinates I guess (kidding).
- Pluto (the planet) controversy exhibit with Pluto (from Disney).
They have lectures with cool displays of the planets projected on a screen, conducted by interns (where was this job on the college internship listings?) on the constellations, importance of light in their field, and you might even get to see through a one of their telescopes at night. (3/5 rating for tourists, at night).
Meteor Crater, $18. Clockwise from upper-left.
- Part of the meteor they found here.
- The crater is not small. They weren’t even sure it was a meteor crater when it was discovered.
- A awesome suprise. A group of (army?) helicopters flying by. Only 2 here, but they were flying in a diamond like formation.
- Lower observation deck. You can take photo of where they were searching for the meteorite.
There are a few picnic tables outside. There are indoor exihibits about the search for the meteor, meteor strikes and the effect of this one on the geology. (3/5 rating for tourists, but only bc you don’t see many of these). It is the best preserved meteor crater.
As you can see, the meteor crater is a little further from Flagstaff.