A tour of the Mirror Lab on the University of Arizona campus offers a unique opportunity to experience how UA innovations are producing the world’s largest telescope mirrors right here on campus. This tour provides visitors with a behind the scenes look at the ground breaking work being done at our facility located under the UA football stadium. Cutting-edge optical technology and the revolutionary spin-casting processes are making telescope mirrors which will produce images never before seen with such power and clarity.
Our current endeavors include the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), as well as, the San Pedro Mátir Telescope. The LSST will take time-lapse digital images of the entire night sky every three to four days; providing the widest, fastest and deepest scans ever captured by a single telescope. The GMT is the result of 100 years of astronomical research and telescope building that will open new vistas of exploration for the next generation of astronomers. The GMT will be even bigger and better than the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) which is now considered the most advanced telescope ever built.
These new generation giant optical telescopes will be changing the way we explore the Universe! Allowing astronomers to break the boundaries of astronomy and the universe, peering back towards the beginning of time in an effort to answer a vast array of astronomical questions and make new discoveries.
|Tour Days||Monday - Friday|
Required in Advance
1:00 PM / 3:00 PM
Tour length 90 minutes
Occasionally dates and times may vary due to production schedules.
Visa or MasterCard - at the time of the reservation
At the time of your reservation, your credit card will be charged by the UA Support Systems. In the event you cannot participate on the date and time of your reservation, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule. If you are not able to participate in a future tour date, you will be refunded the admission fee less a $2.50 per person cancellation charge. Or we can issue you a gift certificate, valid for six months.
Students $8 (7 - 22 yrs)
Group rates available for 10+ persons
7+ years of age
|School and Group Tours||
Morning tours are an option
Cherry Avenue Garage (Closest) see UA Parking Map
Unfortunately, there is no free street parking on the University of Arizona campus
Visitors are required to wear closed-toed shoes for safety reasons as this is a working facility
Cameras are permitted
Tour does involve climbing and descending stairs; an elevator is available if necessary, please let us know at the time of the reservation, so we may plan accordingly.
Cathi Duncan 520-626-8792 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org