Astronomy in Arizona


Take a spectacular intergalactic journey as you view the ultra-clear Arizona sky with hands-on telescope viewing and take behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned centers for astronomy research.

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 MMT Observatory, Mount Hopkins, Arizona.   Credit: Howard Lester  A gibbous moon overlooks one of Smithsonian's telescope domes, opening to prepare for night observation.  Credit: David Aguilar  Visitors to the Smithsonian's Whipple Observatory enjoy sky watching through a variety of telescopes. Credit: David Aguilar  A 10-meter-diameter telescope that searches for flashes of light created when gamma rays hit Earth's atmosphere  Study Leader David Aguilar reflected in the Observatory's giant gamma-ray telescope  Kitt Peak Observatory  Viewing a lunar eclipse
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David Aguilar

David Aguilar

Sep 21 - 25, 2014

David Aguilar is the Director of Public Affairs and Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. A naturalist, astronomer, author, and artist, David's expertise is in communicating the wonder of science. He is the past Director of the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center and the originator of the Science Discovery Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder; Marketing Communications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation; and Marketing Director for the PBS’ Emmy-winning NOVA series, Evolution. He is a recognized writer and space artist with work appearing in the 2008 BBC television series UNIVERSE, Time magazine, US News & World Report, ABC Nightly News, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American. He is the author and illustrator of Planets, Stars & Galaxies and The New Solar System, published by National Geographic, as well as a scholar lecturer on Smithsonian World Tours and Smithsonian Journeys, and popular host of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics programs “Observatory Nights” and the Harvard Lecture Series, “Everything I Learned About Science I Learned At The Movies.” He is also an avid telescope maker and an astronomical and underwater photographer.