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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Lucy Tapia (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Lucy Tapia (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Name: Lucy Tapia Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Chicago Details: Phone Reservation for 12/19/24 Lucy Tapia (2) 7:00 pm
Thaddeus (6) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Thaddeus (6) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Name: Thaddeus Adults: 4 Children: 2 Where are you from: Origon Details: Phone Reservation for 12/1 Thaddeus (6) 7:00 pm
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 2 all-day
 
3
🌕 Full moon
🌕 Full moon
Dec 3 all-day
🌕 Full moon
Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 3 all-day
 
Supermoon 3:48 pm
Supermoon
Dec 3 @ 3:48 pm – 3:48 pm
Supermoon
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Ryan Zimmerman (2) 6:30 6:30 pm
Ryan Zimmerman (2) 6:30 @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Ryan Zimmerman Adults: 2 Children:0 Where are you from: Pennslyvania Details: Phone Reservation for Tuesday Dec. 5th. Ryan Zimmerman (2) 6:30
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Aaron Floyd (2) 7:00pm 7:00 pm
Aaron Floyd (2) 7:00pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Aaron Last Name:Floyd Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Kansas City Details: Vacation and thrilled to see the CO night sky!!! Aaron Floyd (2) 7:00pm
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🌗 3rd Quarter
🌗 3rd Quarter
Dec 10 all-day
🌗 3rd Quarter
Michael & Christy (2) 6:30 pm 7:00 pm
Michael & Christy (2) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
Name: Michael & Christy Email: Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Bartley, NE Details: Phone Reservation for 6:30 pm 12/10/2017 Michael & Christy 2 6:30 pm
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Rod Jones (5) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Rod Jones (5) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Rod Jones Adults: 3 Children: 2 Where are you from: Colo Springs Details: Phone Reservation for 6:30 pm 12/13/2017 Rod Jones (5) 6:30 pm
Diane Snarr (4) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Diane Snarr (4) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Diane Last Name:Snarr Adults: 4 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Helotes, Texas Details: I accidentally sent request for Dec. 22nd and that was incorrect. The correct date we will be in town is the 13th. Sorry for the … Continue reading →
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PSD School (14) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
PSD School (14) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm
First Name:Sarah Last Name:Bayer Adults: 2 Children: 12 Where are you from?: Fort Collins Details: Howdy – I sent an email to Mike about bringing both our our groups of students up. I hope I can book this date too … Continue reading →
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Shannon Tchida (4) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Shannon Tchida (4) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Shannon Last Name:Tchida Adults: 4 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Denver Details: Looking for a private tour for 2 (possibly 4 adults). Shannon Tchida (4) 7:00 pm
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🌑 New moon
🌑 New moon
Dec 18 all-day
🌑 New moon
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Cherri Wilson (8) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Cherri Wilson (8) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Cherri Last Name:Wilson Adults: 4 Children: 4 Where are you from?: New Orleans Details: We are visiting and very interested in observing the beautiful night sky y’all have. We are available to come on the 20th or 21st. Whatever … Continue reading →
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Lyndsey Crump (6) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Lyndsey Crump (6) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Lyndsey Last Name:Crump Adults: 6 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Westminster Lyndsey Crump (6) 7:00 pm
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Closed Christmas
Closed Christmas @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 24 all-day
Closed Christmas
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Closed Christmas
Closed Christmas @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 25 all-day
Closed Christmas
26
🌓 1st Quarter
🌓 1st Quarter
Dec 26 all-day
🌓 1st Quarter
Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Name: Kyle Email: Eichelberg Adults: 2 Children: 1 Where are you from: IN Details: Phone Reservation for 12/26 – 7 pm Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm
Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Paige Last Name:Shiffman Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Details: Visiting Colorado with my husband and we are both stargazing fans. Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm
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Pam McGrew (1) 7:00pm 7:00 pm
Pam McGrew (1) 7:00pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 27 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Pamelyn Last Name:McGrew Adults: 1 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Duluth, GA Details Pamelyn McGrew (1) 7:00pm
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Fred Hess (6) 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Fred Hess (6) 6:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 28 @ 6:30 pm
Name: Fred Hess Adults: 3 Children: 3 Where are you from: Estes Park Details: Phone Reservation for 6:30 pm 12/28 Fred Hess (6) 6:30 pm
Gwen Hummel (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Gwen Hummel (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 28 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Gwen Last Name:Hummel Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Windsor, CO Details: Date night, thank you! Gwen Hummel (2) 7:00 pm
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Jessica Portillo (5) 7:00pm 7:00 pm
Jessica Portillo (5) 7:00pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Jessica Last Name:Portillo Adults: 3 Children: 2 Where are you from?: Estes Park Details: It is my sons 10th birthday and I think he will just love this. So my mother, myself, my husband, my son and my 12 … Continue reading →
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 30 all-day
 
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Closed Full Moon
Closed Full Moon @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 31 all-day
 

 


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.

StarNightMeeting


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

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Dec 26 all-day
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7:00 pm Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Name: Kyle Email: Eichelberg Adults: 2 Children: 1 Where are you from: IN Details: Phone Reservation for 12/26 – 7 pm Kyle Eichelberg (3) 7:00 pm
7:00 pm Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
First Name:Paige Last Name:Shiffman Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Details: Visiting Colorado with my husband and we are both stargazing fans. Paige Shiffman (2) 7:00 pm