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Asteroid Day Itinerary

Meteor Crater 10am – 5pm


8am – 11am: Full Rim Tour

2pm: Meteor Crater Programming Begins

Welcome and introductions

Proclamation by Coconino Supervisor Judy Begay

Program by Ken Zoll, Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s Executive Director Emeritus, on H. H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites.

Harvey H. Nininger is considered by many to be the “Father of American Meteoritics. During his long career, he wrote ten books and 162 articles on meteoritics. He also operated the American Meteorite Museum on Route 66, north of Meteor Crater, from 1946 to 1953 in the former Meteor Crater Observatory. The museum was later moved to Sedona’s Main Street in 1953 where it operated until 1960.


In this program, Ken Zoll will discuss Nininger’s colorful career, including his hunt for meteorites, his museums, and his discoveries at Meteor Crater. Following the program, Ken will sign copies of his recently published biography of Nininger.

Ongoing Activities: Food, Scavenger Hunt, and Face Painting

Lowell Observatory 5pm – 11pm

7pm: Lowell Programming Begins

Welcome and introductions

Proclamations by Coconino Supervisor Judy Begay and Flagstaff Mayor Becky Daggett

Program by Dr. Teddy Kareta, Lowell Observatory Planetary Scientist, and Melissa Sevigny, KNAU Science Reporter: Asteroids and Planetary Defense: What we learned from the DART Mission.

Melissa Sevigny will lead a discussion with Teddy Kareta about what we’ve learned from DART, the first planetary defense mission, which was designed to demonstrate the possibility of deflecting an asteroid’s orbit by impacting a probe on the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos in 2022.

Ongoing Activities: Telescope Viewing, Boba Tea, Kids Activities, Science Demos, Scavenger Hunt, and Trivia Table

Book Your Tickets Now!

Tickets for the Asteroid Day Big Impact Event can be purchased online in advance, or at the door at either Meteor Crater or Lowell Observatory.


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