In 1894 a man by the name of Percival Lowell established Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. More than 100 years have passed and much has changed in that time, but there are a few things that have survived the test of time – The Clark Telescope.
The Clark Telescope: A True Test of Time at Lowell Observatory
The Clark Telescope was commissioned in 1895 and arrived in Flagstaff by train in 1896. This telescope was the first of its kind in the area and would serve as the flagship research instrument for the observatory for years to come. The white dome that houses the telescope has been an iconic feature of Flagstaff and has been home to a variety of discoveries and research, including the first detection of the expanding nature of the universe and mapping of the moon for the Apollo Moon landings. Special guests to the telescope include former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Leonard Nimoy, and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Today the Clark Telescope is open during the day for regular tours. During evening hours the Clark can take you back in time as the dome doors open and reveal the night sky around you. Your first glimpse through the telescope is always breathtaking, as the 24-inch telescope reveals just one of the many mysteries of our night sky.
The Clark Telescope: Plan Your Visit
Guests enter the Mars Hill campus through the Steele Visitors Center. It has three main parts: an interactive exhibit hall and McAllister Space Theatre, the Giclas Lecture Hall, and northern Arizona’s finest astronomy gift shop. For more information about Lowell Observatory visit www.Lowell.edu