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Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

12 News: Largest telescope in Phoenix getting new home after new funding from state

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — The largest telescope in the metro-Phoenix area is getting a new state-of-the-art home, thanks to state-allocated funds. The International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills received $2.5 million from the state’s budget to build a first-class domed observatory, called the Dark Sky Observatory, to house the telescope…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

Fountain Hills Times: Discovery Center receiving $2.5M from state budget

The International Dark Sky Discovery Center is receiving a big boost in moving the plan forward with a $2.5 million allocation in the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

With the $2.5 million in the state budget allocated to the International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC), the project enters Phase Two: detailed architectural design of this state-of-the-art, science-based facility…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

KTAR News: Fountain Hills gets $2.5M from state for Dark Sky Discovery Center

PHOENIX– The International Dark Sky Discovery Center received $2.5 million from the recently approved state budget for its new science facility in Fountain Hills. With the largest telescope in the Valley, the new facility will attempt to further STEM education, research and tourism…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

NPR KJZZ: Fountain Hills To Be Site Of Dark Sky Discovery Center

Fountain Hills will be the site of an International Dark Sky Discovery Center, a research complex that will be available to local schools, researchers and the public. It also will be home to the Valley’s largest telescope. The lights of Phoenix make stargazing difficult in most of the Valley, but Fountain Hills is located near Tonto National Forest, two tribal communities and the McDowell Mountains…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

Fountain Hills Times: Discovery Center

With Governor Doug Ducey recently signing off on Arizona’s budget for the next fiscal year, the community of Fountain Hills has a little something extra to get excited about. Of that $12.8 billion total, a $2.5 million slice has been set aside to benefit the proposed International Dark Sky Discovery Center…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

ABC 15: Despite pandemic, plans move forward on Fountain Hills space ‘discovery center

…Despite the pandemic, organizers behind the International Dark Sky Discovery Center project are beginning an $18-million capital campaign to get the facility off the ground. “It’d be the only facility in the world that relates the importance of dark sky preservation to the study of astronomy, the space program, the universe, and life on earth,” Joe Bill, the non-profit’s president, told ABC15…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

City Sun Times: An International Discovery Center is in the works for this Arizona Dark Sky community

Nestled just east of Scottsdale, the small town of Fountain Hills was designated as the world’s 17th International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association on Jan. 8, 2018.

A dedicated group of citizens began pursuing the designation in 2015. The resulting formation of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association (FHDSA) was triggered by the advent of bright white LEDs, similar to the very bright white xenon headlights of some newer cars…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

Go World Travel Magazine: World Centerpiece for International Dark Sky Movement in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Because of its commitment to the Dark Sky program, plans are underway to build the International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills…

Fountain Hills project could house Valley's largest telescope, create discovery center

ABC 15: Fountain Hills project could house Valley’s largest telescope, create discovery center

An $18 million development — proposed to include the Valley’s largest telescope — is planned for downtown Fountain Hills, and supporters are kicking off a capital campaign, hoping to gain sponsorships to bring the project to fruition…

Phoenix Business Journal: Fountain Hills project could house Valley’s largest telescope, create discovery center

The leaders of the project are seeking sponsorships to create the center, which they say will attract scholars and tourists from around the world…

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In Business Phoenix: $18 Million Capital Campaign Launched to Build Science Facility Housing Largest Telescope in Greater Phoenix

International attraction connects the night sky to life on earth through STEM education and leading-edge experiences.

The International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) launched an $18 million capital campaign to build a unique science-based facility in Fountain Hills, Ariz., that includes a first-class domed observatory…

PRWeb: International Dark Sky Discovery Center Launches $18 Million Capital Campaign to Build Science Facility Housing Largest Telescope in Greater Phoenix

…The IDSDC will house the largest telescope in Greater Phoenix, and with its three other state-of-the-art components, will provide STEM education for students and leading-edge learning experiences for all ages…

ABC 15: Fundraising Begins to Build Observatory

A new place to view the stars and galaxies could be a reality here in the valley. some exciting news here. right now there is an $18 million campaign to build a space facility in fountain hills. that would be the — housing the largest telescope in the phoenix metro area…

Planet Attractions: Fundraising campaign launched for US$18m Phoenix science facility and attraction in Arizona

The International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) in Phoenix, Arizona, US, has launched an US$18m (€14.8m, £13.2m) capital campaign to build a STEM facility featuring the largest telescope in the Greater Phoenix area. If funded, the 15,000sq ft (1,400sq m) facility in Fountain Hills will offer stem education for students and “leading-edge learning experiences” for visitors of all ages…

Fountain Hills Times: Discovery Center team returns to fundraising

The International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) has launched an $18 million capital campaign to build a unique science-based facility in Fountain Hills that includes what organizers are calling “a first-class domed observatory.” The IDSDC will house the largest telescope in Greater Phoenix, and with its three other state-of-the-art components, will provide STEM education for students…

Fountain Hills Times Editorial: Aim for the stars

We here at The Times have been big fans of the proposed International Dark Sky Discovery Center from the beginning. We stated as much in June 2019, and we remain eager to see the project get back up and running…

 

USA Today: See renderings for the planned International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills

As light pollution in metro Phoenix spills into some of its most remote suburbs, a group of Fountain Hills residents is taking another step to remind people of the beauty in a starry night sky…

All About Arizona News: Fountain Hills To Build $18 Million International Dark Sky Discovery Center

Fundraising is underway for a new $18 million project in Fountain Hills. At a public meeting this week, the 15,000-square-foot International Dark Sky Discovery Center was announced…

KTAR: Phoenix suburb to build $18M Dark Sky Discovery Center

The future of the night got a little bit brighter in suburban Phoenix, where a community showed off plans for a proposed dark sky center…

KJZZ: Fountain Hills to build $18 Million Dark Sky Discovery Center

Fountain Hills has announced plans to build a 15,000-square-foot International Dark Sky Discovery Center…

Fountain Hills Times: Discovery Center plans revealed

Nearly 300 people crowded into the ballroom at the Community Center Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, to be among the first to see the concept for the International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) proposed for Fountain Hills…