Plan Your Visit
The University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory's "sky island" observing site. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9,157-foot summit of Mt. Lemmon and the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational programs. Part of the Department of Astronomy, The UA Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter operates under permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
SkyNights StarGazing Program: Open to the public most Tuesday through Sunday nights using the Schulman 32-inch and the Phillips 24-inch Telescopes, the two largest dedicated public telescopes in the Southwest! A unique awe-inspiring opportunity that lets you peer beyond the blue horizons of our southwestern skies and explore the astronomical wonders of the Universe. This five-hour program guides you through navigating the night sky with binoculars and sky charts, to viewing spectacular planets, galaxies, and nebulae. A captivating and one of a kind access to the Universe. Fun for ages 7 and up...a MUST-SEE experience!
*Please note: During October through April, and especially during November, December, January and February, the weather will be very cold on top of our mountain during your experience. Please be prepared with layers, heavy coats, boots, and other items to keep you warm during your visit.
Day Tours: We offer daytime tours of the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter with the possibility of using one of our telescopes during the day. There can also be a provided meal.
Astronomer Nights: Providing nearly exclusive, access to our Schulman 32-inch telescope where-by guests are treated like a professional astronomer.