When Fountain Hills was designated the world’s 17th Dark Sky Community in January 2018, it paved the way for a new feature for our town.
The International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be a 15,000 sq. ft. structure that includes four major components:
- Dark Sky Observatory: A first-class domed observatory housing a large, research-grade telescope with provisions for visual observing, astrophotography, and live broadcasts.
- Hyperspace Planetarium: A state-of-the-art, tilted dome planetarium with immersive digital technology.
- Inspiration Theater: A multi-use, 150-tiered-seat theater/auditorium/lecture hall with the latest 8K projection technology and sound systems.
- Immersion Zone: a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall with interactive and engaging educational displays, traveling exhibits, virtual reality stations, and a featured Dark Sky Immersion Experience.
Why will this discover center unique? Because no facility in the world focuses on dark sky preservation as a portal to better understanding astronomy, the space program, the universe, and life on earth.
There has been a lot of buzz in the community about this facility and now you can be among the first to see what it’s going to look like.
Mark your calendar to attend an unveiling of the architectural renderings at the Community Center. Mayor Ginny Dickey will give a welcoming address followed by a presentation of the new facility by board president Joe Bill. Guests are invited to stay for a Star Party afterward in Centennial Circle.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Fountain Hills Community Center
Free event, all are invited
For more information about the International Dark Sky Discovery Center, visit https://darkskycenter.org/.