University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter offers an awe-inspiring opportunity that lets you peer beyond the blue horizons of our southwestern skies and explore the astronomical wonders of the Universe from the summit of Mt. Lemmon - the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains (9,172 feet) and scenic sky island. This five-hour program guides you through navigating the night sky with binoculars and sky charts, to viewing spectacular planets, galaxies, and nebulae with our Schulman 32-inch telescope. This telescope is the largest dedicated public observing telescope in Arizona and offers a captivating access to the universe.
Conducted by astronomer and world-renown astro-photographer, Adam Block, you travel millions of light-years back in time to behold some of the marvels of the Universe. As you observe the images through the telescope you learn interesting information about each object. Adam’s passion for astronomy through these nightly programs and his images cannot be missed. And before you know it your five-hour journey into the Universe has come to an end. However, the next time you peer into the night sky you will smile knowing you have seen aspects of the cosmos that few people get to see.
Participants: 20 max.
Length: 5 hours, includes a meal
Start time: Vary based on the time of the year.
Tickets: Online at www.skycenter.arizona.edu or by phone 520.626.8122
Groups: Group rates and programs available, call for more information 520.626.8122
Program Location: Summit of Mt Lemmon, elevation 9172 feet
Mt Lemmon SkyCenter
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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Nightly Observing Program
Enjoy an evening of astronomical wonder far from city lights under the celebrated dark skies of the desert southwest. From high atop Kitt Peak you will experience the night sky while professional astronomers work in the observatories all around you. This four-hour program is an introduction and sampler for beginning stargazers (individuals, couples, groups, and families with children eight years or older). The evening begins with a light supper, followed by a dramatic sunset viewing. Then our guides help you use star charts to locate constellations and take a binocular tour of the night sky. Last, you use the Visitor Center's research-class telescopes to visually observe a variety of astronomical objects, while also learning their importance. This program is held seven nights a week, throughout much of the year. This very popular program requires advance reservations, but payment is taken in full when you arrive on the night of the program. Bring warm clothing and wear comfortable close-toed shoes.
Length: 4 hours
Availability: Program available seven days a week, year-round, weather permitting. A credit card number is required to hold the reservation; payment in full is due upon the group's arrival the night of the program.
Sample Menu: Catered dinner: Turkey or vegetarian sandwiches, energy bars with peanuts, chocolate-chip cookies, potato chips, and bottled water.
Pima Air & Space Museum
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Tour
The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Boneyard," is an Air Force collection of more than 4,000 post-World-War-II military aircraft. AMARG provides critical aerospace maintenance and regeneration capabilities for Joint and Allied/Coalition warfighters in support of global operations and agile combat support for a wide range of military operations. The facility is located adjacent to the Pima Air & Space Museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Two types of Boneyard Tours are offered - private and regularly scheduled. For private tours, the fully narrated tour is conducted on the group’s coach bus. The Museum does not have a bus to offer for private Boneyard Tours. Reservations for all Boneyard Tours must be done well in advance of the tour date; schedules fill up very quickly and often for months in advance. Private tours are offered Mondays through Fridays (excluding Federal Holidays) and will be set up at a time to be determined by the group. Regularly scheduled Boneyard tours are held Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and fill up quickly and often months in advance. Group tour reservations may be requested in advance by email or phone (520-618-4805).
Length: 1 and a half to 1 hour and 45 minutes typically. Traffic backlog at the Swan Gate at Davis Monthan AFB may affect tour time. It is not recommended that groups or individuals on a tight schedule take the tour as tour length time cannot be guaranteed.
More Science Ideas
Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab
A behind-the-scenes look into cutting-edge technology involved in making giant telescope mirrors. For Information and reservations: (520) 626-8792.
Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
The fort, located in the Huachuca Mountains, highlights the fascinating history of the U.S. Army, including the African-American cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Call the Sierra Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau at (520) 417-6960.
Fort Lowell Museum
Chronicles the fascinating history of Fort Lowell, which was the regimental headquarters of the Sixth U.S. Cavalry. Ft. Lowell Park, east Tucson. (520) 885-3832.
Titan Missile Museum
The only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the nation. During the tour, participants get to experience a simulated missile launch. (520) 625-7736.