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The Barringer Crater can be viewed from an air conditioned viewing area at the visitor center. Alternatively, visitors are encouraged to walk the crater rim and explore it individually. The springtime welcomes a variety of flora and avian species that are extremely photogenic against the crater backdrop, making a walk around the crater especially scenic. There are informative signs and observational telescopes that enrich the viewing experience, making it educational and immersive.
The discovery center located at the visitor center offers guests an opportunity to contextualize the Barringer Crater within a wider framework of meteor impact science. A 1,400-pound meteor fragment is one of the many highlights of this unique attraction. For those seeking a more hands-on experience, the discovery center also offers computer simulations as well as high tech graphics of asteroids, space, and meteorites. The 24 exhibits here chronicle the development of space exploration, from the tools used by early astronomers all the way to information about how the Apollo astronauts trained.
While the impact of the Barringer crater was certainly sizable, the discovery center offers additional information about similar occurrences around the world. Guests can learn to differentiate between a comet, an asteroid, and a meteor. Further, they can compare the Barringer crater to the ten youngest and the largest craters around the world.
Just outside the discovery center, there is an 80-seat state of the art movie theatre where visitors can view a 10-minute feature film called IMPACT, Mystery of Meteor Crater. The film includes 3D models and animations of the impact that created the Barringer Crater, allowing viewers to visualize the tremendous collision.