Current Observatory Status
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and the emergence of more variants, the observatory will be suspending its operations for the public through the end of January 2022. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but safety is our number one concern. Please check back mid-January to check our status.
Welcome to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory
Events & Scheduling Calendar
Check out our calendar of upcoming events below and also information on visiting the Observatory.
ESTES PARK OBSERVATORY EVENT CALENDAR
We no longer do on-line reservations. If you wish to reserve a date for a visit: First check out the calendar below to see if there are any open dates or can you fit in to an existing date without exceeding the 12 people limit. Then you need to email (info@AngelsAbove.org) and answer the following questions :
What is the date you wish to book?
What other dates are you available?
How many adults (13 & older)?
How many children (12 & under)?
A phone where you can be reached in Estes?
Your groups vaccination status?
Where is your hometown?
Your request will be processed via email in the order received.
The total group size (the sum of all the numbers in the parentheses for the date) needs to be limited to 12 people because of the Covid separation requirements and the limitations on the number of people that can fit in the dome.
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 –
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.
Observatory Open House Nights
Due to the current Corona Virus Pandemic, the Open House Nights have been suspended until next year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
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 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
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.
“The 2020 Dates for the Traditional Viewing Program are:”
- Friday, June 19th & 26th
- Friday, July 10th & 17th
- Friday, August 14th & 21st
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.
Stories Behind the Moon & Stars
- schedule coming later TBD
Night Sky Festival Three days of fun activities, speakers, programs and night sky viewing. Event is scheduled for TBD. Start times for this program have not yet been set.
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 May 2021 From NASA JPL