SkyNights StarGazing program is a unique awe-inspiring opportunity to peer beyond the blue horizons of our southwestern skies and explore the astronomical wonders of the universe from the summit of Mt. Lemmon, a scenic sky island and at 9,200 feet Tucson's highest peak. This five-hour program guides you through navigating the night sky with binoculars and star charts to viewing spectacular planets, galaxies and nebulae with our Schulman 32-inch telescope.
You will begin your drive up Mt. Lemmon in the subtropical Sonoran Desert zone and proceed along the scenic Catalina Highway through six distinct ecosystems. It is like driving from Mexico to Canada all in 30 miles. At the end of the road lies the summit of Mt. Lemmon and the SkyCenter, where your astronomical experience begins. After a light meal and an introduction to the cosmos, you will turn your gaze upward and learn the intricacies of navigating the night sky with binoculars and star charts. From there you will travel millions of light years back in time to behold some of the marvels of the universe with the largest public viewing telescope. As you observe the images through the telescope you learn interesting facts and information about each object.
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter runs programs throughout the year for anyone who is interested or even just curious about what lies beyond the horizons.