“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
– Carl Sagan, Astronomer
What will make the non-profit 501(c)3 multi-functional International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) unique?
No facility in the world focuses on how important dark skies are to the well-being of humans, plants, and animals, and for opening a window to the observable universe.
Five major components are committed to this mission:
DARK SKY OBSERVATORY with the largest telescope in the Greater Phoenix area
HYPERSPACE PLANETARIUM with state-of-the-art tilted dome technology
INSPIRATION THEATER with 8K projection and 150 tiered seats
IMMERSION ZONE with engaging, interactive educational displays
EINSTEIN EXPLORATION STATION with creative, hands-on learning experiences and challenges
Science-based education and experiential displays will establish IDSDC as an international centerpiece for supporting the growing worldwide interest in dark sky preservation. This approach will serve as a portal to better understanding astronomy, the space program, the universe, and life on earth. Children and adults alike will be introduced to and awed by the wonders of the universe.
The non-profit IDSDC will fulfill its educational mission by supporting STEM programs and fostering partnerships with Arizona State University, area community colleges, and high schools. The facility will offer programs and experiences to inspire, educate, and stir imaginations. Additionally, it will address the rapidly growing interest in astrotourism, thus serving as an educational and experiential attraction for Arizona and beyond.
The anticipated uses of the facility are wide-ranging. They include working partnerships with other institutions, lectures, public viewing and research in the observatory, video productions, star parties, tours, visits, receptions, and much more.
The IDSDC won’t be a Fountain Hills attraction.
It will be an international attraction in Fountain Hills that will benefit the entire state of Arizona.