Due to the current uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and the upcoming flu season, the observatory board of directors has suspended operations for the remainder of the year, through December 31, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of our visitors and volunteers is our number one priority. if conditions change we will update this notice.
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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.
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.
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.
Estes Park Clear Sky Chart
Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)
What’s Up for August 2020 From NASA JPL
The Skies over Longmont August 2020 by John Ensworth
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
Calendar Moon begins. This calendar shows 5 weeks into the past.