Our mission is to offer astroscience-related education and research opportunities for students and people of all ages and create an astrotourism attraction for the state of Arizona.
The proposed Astroscience Discovery Center (ADC) and Observatory is a unique, state-of-the-art, adaptive facility that will fulfill a wide range of educational needs and serve as a tourism attraction for the state of Arizona and beyond.
The ideal location planned for the ADC is Fountain Hills, Arizona. In 2018, the Town became the 17th community in the world to earn the prestigious designation of International Dark Sky Community. This rare distinction and the adjacency to a major metropolitan area will help ensure the Center’s long-term sustainability.
The approximately 13,000 square-foot, single-story structure includes four major components:
- A first-class domed observatory housing a large, research-grade telescope
- A multi-use high-tech auditorium/lecture hall with tiered seating
- A state-of-the-art planetarium
- An exhibit hall with interactive and engaging educational displays and traveling exhibits
With successful completion, the Astroscience Discovery Center will expose children and adults alike to the wonders of the universe.