Events & Scheduling at Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Check out our calendar of upcoming events below and also information on visiting the Observatory.

Look out for these recurring astro events at EPMO and in the Estes Park area.
Click to read more about these events:
– Open House at EPMO –
– Rocky Mountain National Park Astronomy Programs –
– EPMO and EVAS Monthly Meeting –

Schedule a Private Viewing Session at the Observatory!
Birthday? Date night? Just a closer look at the sky? EPMO offers Private Viewing sessions to the public. This service is free but we do ask for a donation in whatever amount you can give. To request time for a private viewing session follow the request directions below the event calendar.

ESTES PARK OBSERVATORY EVENT CALENDAR
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 1 all-day
 
Status: Moon
Status: Moon
Jan 1 all-day
Status: Moon This event appears every January 1st. It allows you to verify that everything is working as supposed and to see how often your calendar application updates calendar contents. This event will not update every time you update the … Continue reading →
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🌕 Full moon
🌕 Full moon
Jan 2 all-day
🌕 Full moon
Supermoon 2:25 am
Supermoon
Jan 2 @ 2:25 am – 2:25 am
Supermoon
Fred Hess (3) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Fred Hess (3) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm
Name: Fred Hess Adults: 2 Children: 1 Where are you from: Estes Park Details: Phone Reservation for 6:00 pm 12/28 Fred Hess (3) 6:00 pm
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Quadrantids Meteors
Quadrantids Meteors
Jan 3 all-day
January 3, 2018 before dawn, the Quadrantids Although the Quadrantids can produce over 100 meteors per hour, the sharp peak of this shower tends to last only a few hours, and doesn’t always come at an opportune time. And this … Continue reading →
Nikolas Provost (2) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Nikolas Provost (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 3 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Nikolas Provost Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: COLORADO SPRINGS Details: Two space fans looking for a great vacation date night Nikolas Provost (2) 6:30 pm
Lourdes Gutierrez (5) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Lourdes Gutierrez (5) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm
First Name: Lourdes Last Name: Gutierrez Adults: 2 Children: 4 Where are you from?: Chicago Details: We are looking at 1/3/18. The kids range in age from 6-16. Thank you. Lourdes Gutierrez (5) 7:00 pm
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Ned Young (2) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Ned Young (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 4 @ 6:30 pm
irst Name:Ned Last Name:Young Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Boston, MA Details: Date night! Perhaps 7pm? Friday night tomorrow ? Ned Young (2) 6:30 pm
Tim Bolta (8) 7:00 PM 7:00 pm
Tim Bolta (8) 7:00 PM @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm
First Name: Tim Last Name: Bolta Adults: 8 Children: 0 Where are you from? : Florida Comments: Tim Bolta (8) 7:00 PM
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Michelle Harlow (8) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Michelle Harlow (8) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm
First Name:Michelle Last Name:Harlow Adults: 4 Children: 4 Where are you from?: Longmont Details: Michelle Harlow (8) 6:30 pm
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🌗 3rd Quarter
🌗 3rd Quarter
Jan 8 all-day
🌗 3rd Quarter
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Christina Gregory (2) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Christina Gregory (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Chritina Gregory Adults: 2 Children: Where are you from: Aurora Details: Phone Reservation for 1/11/2018 Christina Gregory (2) 6:30 pm
Christopher Eddy (2) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Christopher Eddy (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm
First Name:Christopher Last Name:Eddy Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: North Platte, NE Details: My wife and I would like to book time on January 10, 2018 (Wednesday) for 8pm if possible or a good viewing time if … Continue reading →
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Katherine Pordeli (9) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Katherine Pordeli (9) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Katherine Last Name:Pordeli Email:rkpordeli@bellsouth.net Phone:904-707-2207 Adults: 7 Children: 2 Where are you from?: Florida Details: Colorado relatives will join my husband, Reza, and I in Estes Park Thursday and Friday Jan 11-12. Stargazing could be a real highlight! Thanks … Continue reading →
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Michelle C (3) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Michelle C (3) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Michelle Crownover Adults: (3) Children: Where are you from: Wichita KS Details: Phone Reservation for 9/241/14/18 Michelle C (3) 6:30 pm
Victoria Talli (2) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Victoria Talli (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Victoria Talli Adults: 2 Children:0 Where are you from: Missouri Details: Phone Reservation for Sunday, January 14th Victoria Talli (2) 6:30 pm
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🌑 New moon
🌑 New moon
Jan 17 all-day
🌑 New moon
Maxine Gallegos (12) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Maxine Gallegos (12) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
First Name:Maxine Last Name:Gallegos Adults: 12 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Denver Details: A group of cosmos wants a fun night to observe the stars and planets with in view. We hope for the 17th. Please let me know … Continue reading →
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Lisa Fulton (5) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Lisa Fulton (5) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm
First Name:Lisa Last Name:Fulton Adults: 5 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Estes Park Details: Having guests from out of town to celebrate my husbands 60th. Lisa Fulton (5) 6:30 pm
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Bethany (3) 6:30pm 6:30 pm
Bethany (3) 6:30pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 20 @ 6:30 pm
First Name:Bethany Last Name:McAfee Adults: 3 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Muskogee, Oklahoma Details: This is a special trip for us and our daughter. We don’t get to see her as much as we want because work takes us … Continue reading →
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🌓 1st Quarter
🌓 1st Quarter
Jan 24 all-day
🌓 1st Quarter
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Ann Heness (7) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Ann Heness (7) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm
First Name:Ann Last Name:Henss Adults: 5 Children: 2 Where are you from?: Centennial, Greeley, Pinewood Springs Details: As this is an extended family learning experience, if weather is not cooperative for safe travel, we would reschedule. Ann Heness (7) 6:30 … Continue reading →
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January 27th Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night
January 27th Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Jan 27 all-day
January 27th  Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE | Estes Park | Colorado | United States
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission to Asteroid Bennu and Back   is the subject of this month’s Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) meeting.   EVAS in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/star night on Saturday, … Continue reading →
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 29 all-day
 
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 30 all-day
 
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🌕 Full moon (Blue Moon)
🌕 Full moon (Blue Moon)
Jan 31 all-day
🌕 Full moon (Blue Moon)
Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jan 31 all-day
 
Lunar eclipse (total)
Lunar eclipse (total)
Jan 31 all-day
Lunar eclipse (total)

 


ESTES PARK OBSERVATORY VIEWING CALENDAR AND REQUEST FORM

Choose the available date you wish to visit and fill out the form.
Please allow up to one week for confirmation as we coordinate with our staff.
Questions? Call 970-586-5668

**IF YOUR DESIRED DATE IS BOOKED PLEASE CONTACT US AS WE MAY BE ABLE TO COMBINE GROUPS**

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More Info about Private Viewing Sessions at EPMO

events-private-viewingThe EPMO is available for private viewing sessions (individuals or small groups up to 20). We prefer scheduling such sessions from the form above but many times we have last minute openings. Please call 970-586-5668 to see if you need information about an opening on short notice. The observatory is funded by donations and staffed by unpaid volunteers; contributions for private viewing sessions are greatly appreciated and help keep our doors open. Please allow up to one week for us to get back to you with a confirmation as we coordinate with our staff.


Open House at Estes Park Memorial Observatory

 

StarNightMeeting2The observatory open house nights are conducted by volunteers of the EPMO and are free to all . The evening starts with a tour of the facility and an introduction to the night’s viewing with a demonstration of the observatory star wall. We discuss objects that we will later view with the telescope and point out their locations on our star wall. Depending on the number of visitors, we may also set up telescopes outside the observatory to supplement the main telescope in the dome. Of course the viewing is dependent on the night sky and if it is unfavorable we can show educational videos in our warm room.

The Open Viewing Nights for 2017 are TBD:

 


Rocky Mountain National Park Astronomy Programs

Rocky Mountain National Park Astronomy Link

events-RMNPObserve the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. Rocky Mountain National Park offers weekly Astronomy in the Park programs from June through August. A traditional astronomy program is conducted in Upper Beaver Meadows every other week and includes a 20 to 30 minute interpretive presentation by park rangers followed by a night of observing put on by local astronomers and park volunteers. Dress warm, bring binoculars and a flashlight, and meet at the Upper Beaver Meadows Trail-head parking area.

    The 2017 Dates for the Traditional Viewing Program are:
  • Friday,  June 16, 2017, 7:30 PM
  • Friday,  June 23, 2017, 8:30 PM
  • Friday,  July 14, 2017, 8:15 PM
  • Friday,  July 21, 2017, 8:15 PM
  • Friday,  July 28, 2017, 8:15 PM
  • Friday,  August 18, 2017, 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  August 25, 2017, 8:00 PM

 

Every other week, “The Story Behind the Moon & the Stars” program will incorporate star lore and activities for families. The program will include a constellation tour and viewing with binoculars, naked eye, and possibly telescopes. This program will take place at the Moraine Park Visitor Center in the RMNP and will last approximately 1 & 1/2 hours. Start times for this program have not yet been set. The 2017 Dates for the Story Behind the Moon and Stars Program :

Stories Behind the Moon & Stars

  • Friday, June 30, 2017,  8:15 PM
  • Friday, July 7,  2017,  8:15 PM
  • Friday, August 4, 2017,  8:15 PM
  • Friday, August 11, 2017,  8:00 PM

Night Sky Festival  Three days of fun activities, speakers, programs and night sky viewing.  Event schedule coming later TBD


This Months EPMO & EVAS  Astronomy Lecture

The Estes Park Memorial Observatory (EPMO) in conjunction with the Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) hold a joint meeting every month that features a lecture on an astronomy topic followed by a viewing session. The meetings start at 7:PM and open with a short discussion of current EVAS business. A short presentation about a star currently visible in the night sky precedes the formal lecture for the evening. Invited speakers who work in the field of astronomy or aerospace generally give the lectures.

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Estes Park Clear Sky Chart


Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)

What’s Up for December 2017

The Night Skys this Month

Cosmic Pursuits Link