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

 


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


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.

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Estes Park Clear Sky Chart


Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)

Hubble Site – Tonight’s Sky

The Night Skys this Month

Cosmic Pursuits Link

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Supermoon
Jun 23 all-day

Supermoon

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🌑 New moon
Jun 24 all-day

🌑 New moon

June 24th Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Jun 24 all-day

 

“LIFESTYLES OF THE STARS”

 

 

The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/star night on Saturday, June 24th, 7 PM.  The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy and education in the Estes valley.

Hubble Ultra Deep Field - credit NASA

Hubble Ultra Deep Field – credit NASA

 

Stars are like people.  They may be conceived in a brief, energetic event.  Then they go through a gestation period, followed by colicky infant stages, a relatively stable adolescence, midlife crises, and unstable old age.  Also like people, stars can leave behind fossils that reveal their prior existence.

 

In the case of our Sun, it’s entering middle age as a roughly 5-billion-year-old hotshot who thinks it’s the center of a solar system.  But midlife crises are looming.  As its core nuclear reactor redistributes itself, the Sun will swell up to become a planet-consuming red giant, to be followed by a disruptive core blow-out involving as much power as all the stars in a galaxy.  Fortunately, the Sun has Gravity-Care Insurance and will survive this episode, but it will eventually become unstable and gradually blow off its outer layers to produce a graffiti-art planetary nebula.  (Unfortunately, this won’t actually involve planets…remember, the red giant consumed them.)  What’s left afterward will be a white dwarf, a star in retirement.  It will have little to do but hang around for billions of years, as an Earth-size fossil.  Looking on the bright side, it may eventually resemble a giant diamond!

The vast majority of stars are less massive than the Sun, and they lead really boring lives, unworthy of even a bad reality show.  These stars, called red dwarfs, just sit there in space, shining at a relatively constant rate for billions and billions of years.

The real excitement lies with stars significantly more massive than the Sun, which burn through their nuclear fuel quickly, lasting for millions rather than billions of years.  These relatively rare stars make heavier and heavier elements, getting hotter and hotter in their interiors, until…BLAM…they explode as supernovae.  In this astonishingly brief, energetic process, they trigger new star formation, make and distribute elements in our planet and our bodies, and leave behind incredible fossils…either Estes-Valley-size neutron stars or black holes.  Black holes can be as large as a solar system or smaller than a pika.  If you find one of these while looking around Estes Park for pika sculptures, it would be best to stay away from it.

This public talk, supplemented with visual aids, is intended for a general audience. 

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 adjacent to the observatory. The doors will open at 7:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:30pm.  The presentation, including a question and answer period, lasts about an hour.  After the presentation, weather permitting, we will look through the new 16 inch dome telescope at various celestial objects. 

If you have any questions, please check the EPMO web site at: www.AngelsAbove.org . The lecture is free to the public and no reservations necessary. Just come and join the party and be ready to ask questions!  For more information, please call the observatory at 970-586-5668

 

 

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🌓 1st Quarter
Jul 1 all-day

🌓 1st Quarter

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🌕 Full moon
Jul 9 all-day

🌕 Full moon

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🌗 3rd Quarter
Jul 16 all-day

🌗 3rd Quarter

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July 22nd Observatory Open House / Lecture /Public Star Night @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Jul 22 all-day

Earth’s Climate Past, Present, and “Back to the Future”

Our Blue Marble

Our Blue Marble

 

The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with 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.

Greenhouse Effect

Greenhouse Effect

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.

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🌑 New moon
Jul 23 all-day

🌑 New moon

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🌓 1st Quarter
Jul 30 all-day

🌓 1st Quarter

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🌕 Full moon
Aug 7 all-day

🌕 Full moon