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On October 5, 2019, the Lowell Observatory opened to the public the Giovale OpenDeck Observatory. 

This public observing plaza features six advanced telescopes that collectively give the public a viewing experience that goes far beyond seeing faint smudges of light. From rich star fields and planets full of color, to nebulae and galaxies that reveal obvious structure, the famously dark skies of Flagstaff are abundant in celestial treasures for you to discover.

The Giovale Open Deck Observatory also features daytime exhibits that highlight the science of spectroscopy, the types of telescopes astronomers use and how to preserve dark skies in Arizona and beyond. A set of six plinths along the perimeter of the observing plaza align to the locations of the sun during sunrise and sunset on the equinoxes and solstices.

Named for longtime Lowell Observatory philanthropists John and Ginger Giovale, the Giovale Open Deck Observatory will leave you feeling more connected to the night sky and all the wonders that it holds.


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