Due to the current uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and the upcoming flu season, the observatory board of directors has suspended operations through April 2021.  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.

Welcome to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory On-line

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 –


ESTES PARK OBSERVATORY EVENT CALENDAR
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
Sorry Closed . We just don’t have enough volunteers to keep the observatory open full time. We will open more dates as volunteers become available.  
2
🌗 3rd Quarter
🌗 3rd Quarter
Jun 2 all-day
🌗 3rd Quarter
3
4
Buzz & K C (2) 8:15 PM 8:15 pm
Buzz & K C (2) 8:15 PM @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 4 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Pine Bluff, WY Details: June 2 – 6 Date Requested: 6/2/2021 Date Reservation made: Friday June 4, 2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Kevin R (4) 8:15 8:15 pm
Kevin R (4) 8:15 @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 4 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 4 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Houston, TX Details: June 3 – 6 Date Requested: Friday, June 4, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/31/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Nicole B (3) 8:15 8:15 pm
Nicole B (3) 8:15 @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 4 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 3 (0 vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Lake Nebagamon, WI Details: June 4 – 5 Date Requested: Friday, June 4th,  2021 Date Reservation made: 5/29/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Ryan S (2) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Ryan S (2) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 4 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Details: June 2 – 6 Date Requested: Friday June 4, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/21/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
5
Kelly K. (4) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Kelly K. (4) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 5 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (Vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Arkansas Date Requested: Saturday, June 5, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/1/2021
Nancy N (2) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Nancy N (2) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 5 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?:Berrien Springs, MI Details: June 3 – 6 Date Requested: June 5, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/26/2021 Nancy N (2) 8:15 pm Hope for clear skies!    
Emily S  (4 + 1), 8:15 pm 8:30 pm
Emily S  (4 + 1), 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 5 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Adults: 4 ( 3 vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Utah Details: June 4 – 5 Date Requested: June 5, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/20/2021  
6
Bernadette D (4) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Bernadette D (4) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 6 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Northbrook, IL Details: Solitude Cabins Date Requested: Sunday June 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/4/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Jennifer N (4) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Jennifer N (4) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 6 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Kansas City, MO Details: June 6, 7, 8 Date Requested: Sunday, June 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/22/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Joey A (3) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Joey A (3) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 6 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Pflugerville, TX Details: Date Requested: Sunday June 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/3/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
7
Jayne B (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Jayne B (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Orange, T Details: June 7, 8 Date Requested: Monday, June 7, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/26/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Ruth P  (11) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Ruth P  (11) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 11 (vaccinated)Children:Where are you from?: Des Moines, IADetails: ReunionDate Requested: Monday, June 7, 2021Date Reservation made: 5/13/2021Ruth P  (11) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
8
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Sorry Closed . We just don’t have enough volunteers to keep the observatory open full time. We will open more dates as volunteers become available.  
9
10
🌑 New moon
🌑 New moon
Jun 10 all-day
🌑 New moon
11
Dianne M (4) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Dianne M (4) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Winter Park, FL Details: June 10 – 12 Date Requested: June 11, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/25/202 Hope for clear skies!    
Lynn R (3) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Lynn R (3) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from:  Florida Details: June 9 – 12 Date Requested: Friday, June 11, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/21/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Nancy C (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Nancy C (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated)Children:Where are you from?: Roanoak, TXDetails: June 11Date Requested: Sunday June 11, 2021Date Reservation made: 5/31/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Tania S (4) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Tania S (4) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Chicago, IL Details: 14 &10 yr old by Phone Date Requested: Friday, June 11, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
12
Carol S  (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Carol S  (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 12 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Boise Idaho Details: Date Requested: Saturday, June 12, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/29/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
DeAnn C (3) 8:30 PM 8:30 pm
DeAnn C (3) 8:30 PM @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 12 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (0 vaccinated) Children: 1 (8 yr old) Where are you from?: Townsend, MT Details: June 11-13 Date Requested: Saturday June 12, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/9/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Julie M (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Julie M (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 12 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?:Indianapolis IN Details: June 13 – 18 Date Requested: Sunday June 13, 2021 8:30 pm Date Reservation made: Julie M.  (2) 8:30 pm  
13
Alice P (5) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Alice P (5) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 13 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Orlando, FL Details: June 13 – 18 Date Requested: Sunday, June 13, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/29/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
David S (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
David S (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 13 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Cold Springs, KY Details: Date Requested: Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:30 PM Date Reservation made: 6/13/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Megan V (4) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Megan V (4) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 13 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Detroit, MI Details: June 13, 14, 15 Date Requested: Sunday, June 13, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
14
Cindy B (10) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Cindy B (10) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 14 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 8 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Omaha, NE Details: Phone Res. Date Requested: Monday, June 14, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/24/2021
15
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day
Sorry Closed . We just don’t have enough volunteers to keep the observatory open full time. We will open more dates as volunteers become available.  
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17
18
🌓 1st Quarter
🌓 1st Quarter
Jun 18 all-day
🌓 1st Quarter
Bill T (4+2) 8:30 8:30 pm
Bill T (4+2) 8:30 @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 4 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: collingswood, NJ Details: June 18, 19 Date Requested: Friday, June 18, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/5/2021 Bill T (4+2) 8:30 Hope for clear skies!    
Dolores A (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Dolores A (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Champion, OH Details: June 17 – 18 Date Requested: Friday June 26, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Jenn M (2+2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Jenn M (2+2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Little Rock, AR Details: arrive 6/18 Date Requested: June 18, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/14/2021 Jenn M (2+2) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
19
Carrie A (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Carrie A (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 19 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Adults: 1 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Frankford, KY Details: June 14 – 20 Date Requested: Saturday, June 19th, 8:30 pm Date Reservation made: 5/4/2021 Carrie A (2) 8:30 pm  
Dorothy L (5) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Dorothy L (5) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 19 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: ? Details: June 13 or June 19 Date Requested: June 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/20/2021 Dorothy L (5) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
Nicki B (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Nicki B (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 19 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 ( 0 vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Cincinnati, OH Details: June 13 – 19 Date Requested: Saturday, June 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 3/31/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Ron & Cheryl C (3) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Ron & Cheryl C (3) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 19 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: San Francisco, CA Details: June 13 – 19 Date Requested: Saturday June 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/8/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
20
Barbara R  (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Barbara R  (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 20 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 1 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Portland, OR Details: Over Web June 20 or 21 Date Requested: Sunday, June 20, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/26/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Bill R (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Bill R (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 20 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Houston, TX Details: June 20 or 21 Date Requested: Sunday, June 20, 2021 8:30 pm Date Reservation made: 6/5/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Donna T (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Donna T (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 20 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated)Children:Where are you from?: Marco IS, FLDetails: June 19 – 23Date Requested: Sunday, June 20, 2021Date Reservation made: 4/2/202 Hope for clear skies!    
Jenny F (7) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Jenny F (7) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 20 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 7 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Atlanta, GA Details: June 20 or 21 Date Requested: Sunday, June 20, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/28/2021 Jenny F (7) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
21
Kathy P (8) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Kathy P (8) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 8 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: TX & CA Details: June 21, 20, 19 Date Requested: Monday, June 21, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/17/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Michele K (3) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Michele K (3) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: St. Peters, MO Details: June 21 Date Requested: Monday, June 21, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/24/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
22
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 22 all-day
CLOSED to Reservations Sorry but there is no viewing around the full moon. It is just too bright and washes out the cool astronomical objects (star clusters, nebula, galaxies, planets, etc.) we like to see.  Also, the full moon is Continue reading →
23
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 23 all-day
CLOSED to Reservations Sorry but there is no viewing around the full moon. It is just too bright and washes out the cool astronomical objects (star clusters, nebula, galaxies, planets, etc.) we like to see.  Also, the full moon is Continue reading →
24
🌕 Full moon
🌕 Full moon
Jun 24 all-day
🌕 Full moon
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 24 all-day
CLOSED to Reservations Sorry but there is no viewing around the full moon. It is just too bright and washes out the cool astronomical objects (star clusters, nebula, galaxies, planets, etc.) we like to see.  Also, the full moon is Continue reading →
25
Donna S (12) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Donna S (12) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 25 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 12 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Denver Details: June 21 – 25 Date Requested: Friday, June 25, 2021 Date Reservation made: 3/29/202 Donna S (10) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
26
Brandon B (2) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Brandon B (2) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 26 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: North Carolina Details: June 26,27 Date Requested: Saturday June 26, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/19/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Lori L (3) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Lori L (3) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 26 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Rockwell, TX Details:June 28,29,30 Date Requested: Saturday June 26, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Peter N (7) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
Peter N (7) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 26 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 4 (vaccinated) Children: 3 Where are you from?: ?, ArKansas Details: June 28,29,30 Date Requested: Saturday, June 26, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/2/2021 Peter N (7) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
27
YMCA (12) 8:30 pm 8:30 pm
YMCA (12) 8:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 27 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 12 Children: 0 Where are you from?: YMCA of The Rockies Details: Staff Date Requested: Sunday, June 27, 8:30 pm Date Reservation made: 5/25/2020 YMCA (12) 8:30 pm Hope for clear skies!    
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Denise M (7) 8:30 PM 8:30 pm
Denise M (7) 8:30 PM @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 28 @ 8:30 pm
Adults: 7 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Tulsa, OK Details: June 28 – July 1 Date Requested: Monday June 28, 2021, 8:30 pm Date Reservation made: 6/11/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
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—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
Sorry Closed . We just don’t have enough volunteers to keep the observatory open full time. We will open more dates as volunteers become available.  
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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.


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.

 

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 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.

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 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.


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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.

StarNightMeeting


Estes Park Clear Sky Chart


Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)

What’s Up for May 2021 From NASA JPL


The Skies over Colorado April 2021 by John Ensworth