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.

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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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Dana T. (3) 700 pm 7:00 pm
Dana T. (3) 700 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 1 Where are you from?: Longmont Date Requested: Saturday, November 2nd, 700 pm Date Reservation made: 10/8
Sophia T. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Sophia T. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Colorado Springs Date Requested: Saturday, November 2, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/24
Vicki L. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Vicki L. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Houston, TX Details: Date Requested: Saturday, November 2nd, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/29.
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Damon H. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Damon H. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Centennial CO Details: email reservation Date Requested: Sunday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/5
Elena A. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Elena A. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Longmont Details: date night ! Date Requested: Sunday, October 3, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/1
Petia R. (5) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Petia R. (5) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 3 Where are you from?: Boulder Details: Date Requested: Sunday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 8/6
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Kristi B. (5) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Kristi B. (5) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 3 Children: 2 Where are you from?: New Boston, Texas Details: We are traveling in on the 4th and will head out on the 6th of November late. 3 adults, two children, ages 9 and 6. Date Requested: Moday, Continue reading →
Zarina D. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Zarina D. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: The Woodlands, TX Date Requested: Monday, November 4, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/25
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 5 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 6 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 7 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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Caryn M. (7) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Caryn M. (7) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 7 Children: 0 Where are you from: Steamboat Springs, CO Details: email reservation Date Requested: Friday, November 8th, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/15
Karissa W. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Karissa W. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Oklahoma City, OK Details: Date Requested:Friday, November 8th, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made:9/18 Karissa Whalen (2) 7:00 pm
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Erin H. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Erin H. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: ?? Details: Date Requested: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 11/06
Jamie Lay (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Jamie Lay (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Lafayette, CO Date Requested: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 8/16
Maureen F. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Maureen F. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Massachusetts Details: phone reservation Date Requested: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 11/7
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CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 10 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 11 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 12 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
13
CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 13 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 14 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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Kim M. (4) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Kim M. (4) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 2 Where are you from?: Greeley Details Date Requested: Friday, November 15, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/29
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HAM Radio Presentation
HAM Radio Presentation @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 16 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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Joseph C. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Joseph C. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Fort Collins Details: Date Requested: Sunday, November 17th, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/15 Joseph Clemmer (2) 6:00 pm
Valeri P. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Valeri P. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Colorado Date Requested: Sunday, November 17, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/29
Ashley Y. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Ashley Y. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Jacksonville, FL Details: phone reservation Date Requested: Friday, November 15th, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made:11/12
Travis T. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Travis T. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Date Requested: Sunday, November 17, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 11/10
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Meredith @ YMCA (12) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Meredith @ YMCA (12) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 12 Children: 0 Where are you from: YMCA of the Rockies Date Requested: Monday, November 18th, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/21
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 19 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 20 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 21 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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Julie H. (8) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Julie H. (8) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 4 Children: 4 Where are you from?: Estes park Details: We home school and have not been to the observatory in years. Kids are 15 year old boys and we parents. Date Requested: Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm Date Continue reading →
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November Observatory Open House / EVAS Meeting
November Observatory Open House / EVAS Meeting @ Observatory OPEN HOUSE
Nov 23 all-day
Tonight’s Program TBD   The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/ EVAS meeting. The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy and education in the Continue reading →
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Amanda M. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Amanda M. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Baton Rouge , Louisiana Details: Date Requested: Sunday, Novenber 24, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/13 A
Karen H. (4) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Karen H. (4) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 4 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Longmont Details: Date Requested: Sunday, November 24, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made:11/7
Marissa M. (2) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Marissa M. (2) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Del Valle, Texas Details: Date Requested: Sunday, November 24, 6:00 pm Date Reservation made: 11/19
Monica L. (5) 6:00 pm 6:00 pm
Monica L. (5) 6:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 3 Where are you from: ?? Details:We will be arriving in Estes Park on Saturday November 23rd and leaving the morning of Wednesday November 27th. We have 2 adults and 3 children (ages 8-12). We would like Continue reading →
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Jeff E. (11) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Jeff E. (11) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 6 Children: 5 Where are you from: ?? Details: email reservation Date Requested: Monday, November 25th, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 8/30
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 26 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 27 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 28 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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Donna F. (5) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Donna F. (5) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 5 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Arvada; Santa Fe Details: Date Requested:Friday, November 29, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 8/25
Gaurav M. (2) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Gaurav M. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Dallas, TX Details: phone reservation Date Requested: Friday, November 29, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made:11/25
Susannah H. (5) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Susannah H. (5) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 3 Children: 2 Where are you from: Shreveport, LA Details: phone reservation Date Requested: Friday, November 29, 7 pm Date Reservation made: 11/26
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Julie G. (5) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Julie G. (5) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 3 Where are you from: Windsor, MO Details: phone reservation Date Requested: Saturday, November 30, 7 pm Date Reservation made: 11/26
Megan B. (8) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Megan B. (8) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 8 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Austin Details: Date Requested: Saturday, November 30, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/29

 


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

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7:00 pm Dana T. (3) 700 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Dana T. (3) 700 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 1 Where are you from?: Longmont Date Requested: Saturday, November 2nd, 700 pm Date Reservation made: 10/8
7:00 pm Sophia T. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Sophia T. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Colorado Springs Date Requested: Saturday, November 2, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/24
7:00 pm Vicki L. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Vicki L. (2) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from: Houston, TX Details: Date Requested: Saturday, November 2nd, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/29.