We are the cosmos

March 19, 2020

Re: COVID-19

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Image of M15 is a globular cluster - a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core, in the constellation Pegasus.
Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona Image of M15 is a globular cluster - a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core, in the constellation Pegasus.

To our Mount Lemmon SkyCenter Fans, Friends, and Astronomy Lovers-

It continues to be an uncertain time for everyone in the world as we begin to understand and respond to the pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The University of Arizona's Mount Lemmon SkyCenter has suspended our famous SkyNights public observing programs indefinitely.  Determinations on continuing the suspension will be made as the situation dictates, and will be guided by Federal, state, local and University of Arizona policies.

As you can imagine, this decision was made with careful consideration of all available information, and in close coordination with University leadership relative to the outbreak of COVID-19 and our greater public health.  The health and safety of our guests and staff are always at the forefront when operating our public outreach and education programs.

As you likely know, there is extensive information available online from the CDC regarding personal and community precautions at the CDC page on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We appreciate your support, and hope that you will visit us when this outbreak passes. Our goal at the SkyCenter has always been to show the excitement astronomy gives us all and to make this tangible to the public. We operate and depend on both ticket and merchandise sales, and the generosity of donors to maintain our programs.  Donations to our outreach program are tax deductible and are made via the UA Foundation online at Support UA: MLSC - development. This type of support is invaluable and directly supports our outreach and K-12 educational programs.

Again, thank you for your continued support of our outreach and educational programs, and feel free to contact us with any questions at mtlemmon.skycenter@gmail.com 

We look forward to showing you the Universe soon, and in the meantime we encourage you to go outside at night, look up with wonder and amazement, and consider the words of the late Carl Sagan; 

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

Warmly,

The SkyCenter Staff