While Phoenix might not have been in the path of totality for this year’s eclipse, this year’s eclipse was still a phenomenal, country-wide event. No matter where you were, hopefully you were able to see the eclipse using special glasses or on TV.
However, now that the eclipse is over, how can you get your astronomy fix here in Phoenix? Lucky for us, Arizona is a great place for astronomers, and you can enjoy astronomy with the whole family. Best of all, it doesn’t cost much to see some great celestial sights in Phoenix. Keep reading for the best, cheap options to see free stargazing and more astronomy-fun.
Phoenix Astronomical Society
Phoenix has its very own astronomical society, which frequently puts together events for the public to enjoy and learn about astronomy. On September 8, Cityscape and the Phoenix Astronomical Society are teaming up to provide free fun activities for the whole family.
On September 8, head over to Cityscape to see E.T. at 7 p.m. PAS will also be there with a telescope from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and plans to show Saturn if weather permits.
For more about PAS, the Cityscape night and future astronomy activities, click here.
Located at the Arizona Science Center, Dorrance Planetarium is one of the largest, most advanced planetariums in the US. The planetarium features a NanoSeam design, “the world’s first of its kind at a science center or museum.” With credentials like that, you can’t miss an astronomy show at the Dorrance Planetarium! Click here for show times and descriptions.
While tickets can be expensive for a family, the Phoenix Public Library offers Culture Passes to the Science Center and there are discounts for seniors and military. Click here for ticket prices and information on discounts.
Stargazing for Everyone
Throughout the Valley, Stargazing for Everyone will provide telescopes and a slide presentation under the stars. At these events, you’ll learn the names of the stars, see constellations, and hear stories about the night sky. For more information, times, and which parks are participating, click here.
Astronomy Nights in Mesa
Head on over to Mesa Community College to enjoy free planetarium shows for the whole family. The Mesa Community College planetarium is state of the art and offer an excellent chance to show your family and friends the wonders of a planetarium. Astronomy Nights are the first Friday of the month during Spring and Fall semesters.
Shows run from 6 to 10 p.m. every 30 minutes, and tickets are free, first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
If you’re looking for a quick trip to Tucson (roughly 1.5 hours from Phoenix), visit the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium for an affordable, interactive science center experience. With your general admission ticket, you also get one ticket to the planetarium.
Click here for an updated show schedule and descriptions. Save money on U of A game days (September 9, 22, October 14, 28 and November 11) when general admission is just $4 and planetarium/laser shows are $4 each.
One of Arizona’s most famous landmarks, a true wannabe astronomer or space-fanatic won’t want to miss a trip to Flagstaff, AZ to visit the Lowell Observatory. Learn about the solar system, galaxies, and enjoy an outdoor constellation tour. Click here for tour times and entrance fees.
Any planetarium or free/cheap stargazing in Phoenix activities we missed? Let us know in the comments!