Due to the current Corona Virus Pandemic, the observatory has suspended its operations until the end of September.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. if conditions change we will update this notice.


Rocky Mountain National Park Astronomy Programs

Due to the current Corona Virus Pandemic, the Astronomy in the Park program has been suspended until next year.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

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.


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 May 2020

The Night Skys this Month

 

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Jun
21
Sun
🌑 New moon
Jun 21 all-day

🌑 New moon

Jun
27
Sat
Public Star Night Open to All – FREE @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Jun 27 all-day

 

The public Star Nights are conducted by volunteers of the observatory and are free and open to all. It starts around Sunset and continues until the last visitor leaves. We generally have a couple of volunteers man telescopes setup around the outside of the building. The outside telescopes include two big (10″ and 22″) Dobsonian telescopes and a 5 inch Vixen binocular telescope. We will also be using the computerized 16″ RC telescope in the automated dome. Usually each telescope is focused on an astronomical object and The guest move from one telescope to another throughout the night.

The Open Viewing Nights for 2020 are:

  • Saturday,  June 13th, 2020, 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 27th, 2020, 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 11th, 2020, 8:30 pm
  • Saturday,  August 22nd, 2020, 8:30 pm

 

Jun
28
Sun
🌓 1st Quarter
Jun 28 all-day

🌓 1st Quarter

Calendar Moon begins. This calendar shows 5 weeks into the past.
Jun 28 all-day

Calendar Moon begins. This calendar shows 5 weeks into the past.

Jul
5
Sun
🌕 Full moon
Jul 5 all-day

🌕 Full moon

Lunar eclipse (penumbral)
Jul 5 all-day

Lunar eclipse (penumbral)

Jul
12
Sun
🌗 3rd Quarter
Jul 12 all-day

🌗 3rd Quarter

Jul
20
Mon
🌑 New moon
Jul 20 all-day

🌑 New moon

Jul
27
Mon
🌓 1st Quarter
Jul 27 all-day

🌓 1st Quarter

Aug
3
Mon
🌕 Full moon
Aug 3 all-day

🌕 Full moon