International Dark Sky Discovery Center

The proposed Arizona Dark Sky Discovery Center (DSDC) is a unique, state-of-the-art, adaptive facility that will provide a wide range of astronomy-related education and serve as a tourism attraction for the state of Arizona and beyond. 

The major components of this approximately 14,000 square foot facility are:

  • A first-class domed observatory housing a large, research-grade telescope with provisions for photography and live broadcasts
  • A multi-use, high-tech theater/auditorium/lecture hall with tiered seating
  • A state-of-the-art planetarium equipped with the latest technology
  • An exhibit hall with interactive and engaging educational displays and traveling exhibits

The DSDC will be in Fountain Hills, Arizona, which is ideal for two reasons: 

  • In 2018, the Town became the 17th community in the world to earn the prestigious designation of International Dark Sky Community.  This rare distinction will help ensure its naturally dark skies will be preserved, an attribute truly unique in the Phoenix area.
  • The Town’s adjacency to a major metropolitan area means that the facility is easily accessible to several million people, thus helping ensure the Center’s long-term sustainability. 

With successful completion, the Arizona Dark Sky Discovery Center will interpret the universe and distill it into an unparalleled experience, one that stirs the imagination, invites reflection, and cultivates a greater understanding of our planet and beyond.