Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Tours

Location: Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (east of football stadium)


UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab offers a unique opportunity to experience and learn how this facility melds   cutting-edge scientific research with innovative manufacturing techniques that are changing the way we explore the Universe!  This tour provides a behind-the scenes look at unparalleled optical technology, revolutionary spin-casting, mod construction, grinding and polishing involved making giant telescope mirrors (8.4 meters or 27.6 feet in diameter).  This new generation of giant optical telescopes will probe the remote limits of outer space, producing images never before seen with such power and clarity.  They will allow astronomers to explore the edges of the universe in an effort to answer a vast array of astronomical questions and make new discoveries. 

Audience: Grades 6-12; usual group size is 20, but larger groups can be accommodated.

Science Field: Astronomy, Physics, Engineering and Optics

Science Topics: Optics

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Schedule: Tours are 60 minutes and may be scheduled Monday through Friday, mornings or afternoons; reservations required.

Cost: $5 per student, payable by, purchase order, credit card, check. Reduced rates are available for Title 1 schools.

Contact: Cathi Duncan, Program Coordinator, Steward Observatory,,, 520-626-8792, 520-626-8122