Lowell Observatory has broken ground on a new discovery center. The observatory’s vision for its education program took one giant leap forward when ground was broken Saturday for the new 40-thousand square foot, $37-and-a-half million dollar facility. The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center will be six times the size of the observatory’s current visitor center, and will accommodate greatly increased annual attendance to Lowell’s outreach programs. The center will be home to a two-story theater, Dark Sky Planetarium, The Curiosity Zone and the Diverse Universe Exhibit. Lowell Observatory Director Jeff Hall said, “The ADC will be a huge leap forward in our ability to inspire young and old alike about science and astronomy, and we hope it will be an outstanding resource for Flagstaff and northern Arizona residents as well as the many visitors to our region.” The center is expected to open in 2024.