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
October 28th Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night
October 28th Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Oct 28 all-day
Earth’s Climate Past, Present, and “Back to the Future” Our Blue Marble The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with esetet The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/star night on Saturday, January … Continue reading →
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**
More Info about Private Viewing Sessions at EPMO
The 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
The 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
Observe 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
EPMO & EVAS Monthly 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.
Estes Park Clear Sky Chart
Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)
Hubble Site – Tonight’s Sky
The Night Skys this Month
Earth’s Climate Past, Present, and “Back to the Future”
The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with esetet The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/star night on Saturday, January 28th, 7 PM. The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy and education in the Estes valley.
This public talk, supplemented with visual aids, is intended for a general audience. We will examine changing climatic conditions on Earth, from its origin just over 4.5 billion years ago to the present.
In astronomy, we employ our telescopes to look out into space and back in time to view the Universe as it existed in the past. Then we can use the past to extrapolate into the future in order to understand how the Universe’s overall “climate” will continue to cool over time. With the Earth, we can also use past atmospheric and associated climate conditions to envision where the present rapidly-changing composition of our atmosphere may be leading us. As we take such a look “back to the future,” the Earth will still be here, but it will probably be significantly altered.
Our speaker is Dr. Gordon MacAlpine a retired astronomer, physicist and a member of the EVAS club. He received a BA in physics from Earlham College and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin. After a stint at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he was a Professor of Astronomy until 2000. Then he accepted the Zilker Distinguished Professor of Physics chair at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he continued teaching astronomy, physics, and environmental science until his retirement in 2012. Gordon and his wife, Barbara, recently moved to Estes Park.
The observatory is just north of the high school at 1600 Manford Ave. Park in the teacher’s parking lot between the high school and the observatory. The doors will open at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30 pm. The presentation, including a question and answer period, lasts about an hour. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will look through our new 16 inch dome telescope at various celestial objects.