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.

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

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.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Carol & David R (8) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Carol & David R (8) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: 3 Where are you from?: Santa Barbara, CA Details: Phone, Aug 1 Date Requested: Sunday, August 1, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Carol R (4) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Carol R (4) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Topeka, KS Details: Aug 1 Date Requested: Sunday, August 1, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/30/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Marta C (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Marta C (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Barcelona, Spain Details: Aug 1 Date Requested: Sunday, August 1, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/7/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
2
Dan K (12) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Dan K (12) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 12 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: St Louis, M Details: Date Requested: Monday August 2, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/4/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
3
Aleia M (8) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Aleia M (8) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 4 (vaccinated) Children: 4 Where are you from?: Lenexa, KS Details: August 1 – 5 Date Requested: Tuesday,  August 3, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/30/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Maconda A (4) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Maconda A (4) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Houston, TX Details: Aug 3 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/20/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
4
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 4 – Aug 5 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.  
5
6
Shawn H (4) 8:15 pm 8:00 pm
Shawn H (4) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Arlington, TX Details: August 6 Date Requested: Friday August 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/4/2021 Shawn H (4) 8:15 pm Hope for clear skies!    
Jeff G (2) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Jeff G (2) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 6 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: San Diego, CA Details: Aug 6 Date Requested: Friday, August 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 8/1/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Maija F (2) 8:15pm 8:15 pm
Maija F (2) 8:15pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 6 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Chicago, IL Details: Aug 2 – 7 Date Requested: Friday August 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/3/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Royce H (4) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Royce H (4) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 6 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Pflugerville, TX Details: August 6,7,8 Date Requested: Friday August 6, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/5/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
7
Bill G (5) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Bill G (5) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Brooklyn, CT Details: August 2,6,7 Date Requested: Saturday, August 7, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/4/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Forrest C (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Forrest C (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Denver, CO Details: August 6,7,8 Date Requested: Saturday, August 7, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/26/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Janet H (5) 8:00 PM 8:00 pm
Janet H (5) 8:00 PM @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Denver, CO Details: August 7 Date Requested: Saturday August 7, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/11/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
8
🌑 New moon
🌑 New moon
Aug 8 all-day
🌑 New moon
YMCA (12) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
YMCA (12) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 12 Children: 0 Where are you from?: YMCA of The Rockies Details: Staff Date Requested: Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 8 pm Date Reservation made: 6/27/2020 Hope for clear skies!    
9
Emily (3) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Emily (3) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Oshkosh, WI Details: Aug 9-10 Date Requested: Monday August 9, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/20/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Linda R (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Linda R (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?:Estes Park, CO Details: Only August 9 Date Requested: Monday, August 9, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Teresa F (7) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Teresa F (7) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 7 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Hays, KS Details: Aug 9-10 Date Requested: Monday, August 9, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
10
Jennifer D (3) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Jennifer D (3) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: St. Joseph, MO Details: Aug 10 Date Requested: Tuesday August 10, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/16/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Becky M (5) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Becky M (5) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 10 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 2 Where are you from?: Lawrence, KS Details: Aug 10 – 13 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/26/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Melinda T (4) 8:15 pm 8:15 pm
Melinda T (4) 8:15 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 10 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 1 (vaccinated) Children: 3 (17, 15, 10)yrs Where are you from?: Bentonville, AR Details: Date Requested: Aug 11, 8:15 pm Date Reservation made: 4/27/2021 Melinda T (4) 8:15 pm Hope for clear skies!    
11
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 11 – Aug 13 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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13
14
Barbara G (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Barbara G (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Waterford, MI Details: Aug 13-14 Date Requested: Saturday, August 14, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/8/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Cindy Y (7) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Cindy Y (7) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 7 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Estes Park, CO Details:  Phone,  Aug 13-14 Date Requested: Saturday, August 14, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Paul G (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Paul G (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Atlanta, GA Details: Phone res. Date Requested: Saturday August 14, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/15/2021 Paul G (2) 8:00 pm Hope for clear skies!    
15
🌓 1st Quarter
🌓 1st Quarter
Aug 15 all-day
🌓 1st Quarter
Cheryl V (4) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Cheryl V (4) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Boulder, CO Details: Aug 14-15 Date Requested: Sunday, August 15, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/8/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Suzanne S (5) 8:00 pm 8:15 pm
Suzanne S (5) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 15 @ 8:15 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: St Pete, Florida; Atlanta, GA Details: Aug 14-15 Date Requested: Sunday, August 15, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/9/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
16
Becky M (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Becky M (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Atlanta, GA Details: Aug 15-20 Date Requested: Monday, August 16, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/29/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Julee S (3) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Julee S (3) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Fort Collins, CO Details: Aug 16-17 Date Requested: Monday, August 16, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
17
Cassandra J(2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Cassandra J(2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Name: Cassandra Johnson Email: BCEJohnson@gmail.com Phone While in Estes: 734-751-8216 Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Canton, MI Details: Aug 17 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/21/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Kathy W (10) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Kathy W (10) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 10 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Estes Park, CO Details: Aug 17-18 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/15/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Vihang (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Vihang (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Blacksburg, VT Details: Aug 17-18 Date Requested: 7/8/2021 Date Reservation made: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Hope for clear skies!    
18
Brea I (5) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Brea I (5) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 5 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Sue City, IA Details: Aug 18-22 Date Requested: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/18/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Nina B (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Nina B (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: St. Petersburg, FL Details: Aug 17-20 Date Requested: Wednesday August 18, 2021 Date Reservation made: 5/15/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
19
Ann M (3) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Ann M (3) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: College Station, TX Details: Aug 16-23 Date Requested: Thursday, August 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/27/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Brianna C (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Brianna C (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Bel Air, Maryland Details: Aug 20-24 Date Requested: Thursday, August 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/26/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Kasey B (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Kasey B (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Gulf Breeze, FL Details: Aug 19 Date Requested: Thursday, August 19, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/8/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
20
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 20 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 →
21
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 21 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 →
22
🌕 Full moon
🌕 Full moon
Aug 22 all-day
🌕 Full moon
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 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
Lauren K (4) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Lauren K (4) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 (vaccinated) Children: 1 Where are you from?: Woodlands, TX Details: Aug 22 – 28 Date Requested: Monday, August 23, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/7/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
24
Andrea V (6) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Andrea V (6) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 6 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: NYC, NY Details: Aug 23 – 27 Date Requested: Tuesday August 24, 2021 Date Reservation made: 4/29/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Michael Holton (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Michael Holton (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Kansas City, KS Details: Aug 23 – 24 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Date Reservation made: 7/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
Stacey E (4) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Stacey E (4) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 4 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: ?, WI Details: Aug 21 – 25 Date Requested: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/25/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
25
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 25 – Aug 27 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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27
28
Deb L (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Deb L (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: Naperville, IL Details: Aug 26-28 Date Requested: Saturday, August 28, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/28/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
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30
🌗 3rd Quarter
🌗 3rd Quarter
Aug 30 all-day
🌗 3rd Quarter
Mark M (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Mark M (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 (vaccinated) Children: Where are you from?: ??? Details: Aug 30-31 Date Requested: Monday August 30, 2021 Date Reservation made: 6/2/2021 Hope for clear skies!    
31
—CLOSED—
—CLOSED— @ Private Viewing EPMO
Aug 31 – Sep 2 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.  

 


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