Most Tucsonans and visitors to Tucson, Arizona interested in astronomy already know about the world famous Kitt Peak National Observatory, but there is a new kid in town, Mount Lemmon Skycenter atop the Catalina Mountains, just 45 minutes from the desert floor. The University of Arizona operates the observatory with the goal of making astronomy appealing for everyday people while providing a variety of programs. Nightly stargazing programs last about 5 hours and are offered for under $50. Planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies can be observed from a 24-inch telescope, the largest used in a public program in Southern Arizona.
For Tucson visitors interested in stargazing while at our Tucson Bed & Breakfast lodging, we’ll recommend this new observatory. Back at the Bed & Breakfast, there is a garden patio with a jetted spa where guests can unwind while enjoying the starlit sky.