LOWELL OBSERVATORY ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLIC OBSERVING PLAZA
Lowell Observatory is now implementing the first phase of a long-range expansion plan with construction of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory (GODO). This new public observing plaza, to be located near the Pluto discovery telescope at Lowell, is set to open in late 2018 and will help accommodate the Observatory’s ever-increasing crowd sizes.
The facility is named in honor of longtime Lowell supporters/advisors John and Ginger Giovale, who made a lead gift for the project. John Giovale said, “One of the things that prompted us to support this project is the vision being developed there at Lowell Observatory for major revamping of the campus and the visitors experience. We saw this telescope plaza as a way in which momentum may be created towards that bigger objective, that bigger vision. And we were excited about that.”
GODO will consist of a 5,000-square-foot, elevated plaza along with a roll-off-roof building that will house a suite of telescopes. These will be used for direct observing through eyepieces, as well as for projection of images and spectra onto monitors. Director Jeff Hall said, “Our strategic plan demands that our guests have an experience here they can’t get ...