Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

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Romancing the Stars and experiencing SkyNights! Apr 19, 2010
In 2008, NASA honored a photograph taken at University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter. That aside, the United Nation's General Assembly declared 2009, the International Year of Astronomy. This marked the 400th anniversary of the first ever scientific use of a telescope. What is particularly amazing and a credit is that much of the U.S. Part of the Astronomical achievements have been right here in the state of Arizona. Even more exciting, is the fact that the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter has had special events unique only to this center. The center offers a cosmic experience that has fascinated human kind since the beginning of time. SkyNight experience is the name of the program that University of Arizona is running with scheduled viewings of particular stars. The SkyNight adventure offers visitors an opportunity to access the universe while navigating the stars through a 24-inch telescope under the guidance of a professional astronomer. Unlike Kitt Peak National Observatory where one has to reserve tickets months in advance, the SkyCenter offers daily SkyNights experience.

How to get there:

Drive time is approximately 85 minutes. From Tucson, head north east on Tanque Verde road, turn left on Catalina Highway. Follow the highway for about 27 miles towards the town of Summerhaven. Make a right turn on to ski run road just after the Summerhaven welcome sign. Drive on this road for about 2 miles till you come to the closed Forest service gate. Meet and greet from the SkyCenter team at the parking lot.

Recommendations:

Mt. Lemmon is at an altitude of over 9,000 feet, it is about 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson. Warm clothes are recommended any time of year.

Activities:

Experience the mountain as the sunsets

Romance the stars

Understanding the night

Explore the universe on your own

Some unforgettable sights to be explored:

Clusters of young energetic stars

Valley of the moon mountains

A comet traveling to the inner solar system

Distant galaxies.

Meteors slamming into the earth's atmosphere

Gas and dust around newly formed stars

Price:

Tickets are $48.00 per person. Price includes a light dinner.

Tickets must be reserved a head of time in order to participate in the SkyNight experience. Everyone should take part at least once, in the experience of a lifetime.

Reservations: (520) 626-8122

E-mail: skycenter@as.arizona.edu

Group discounts are available on upon request.
Photo by: University of Arizona
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Africancrab says:
early in the year we planned on doing this on Kitt Peak, but it was too costly and we needed to book tickets way in advance. Plus Kitt Peak is a little over an hour's drive away.
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
Africancrab says:
I planned it. I rarely go up mount lemmon in the night. My daughter wanted to do it following a science project they had on planets. We also watched a docummentary on last year's UN declaration of the astronomy year.
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
vances says:
Was it something you just stumbled upon, or did you planet that way???

:^)
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
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