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
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CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Mar 31 – Apr 1 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
2
JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 7:30 pm 7:30 pm
JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 7:30 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm
Adults: 18 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Annunciation Heights / Estes Park Date Requested: Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30 pm Date Reservation made: 3/2/2020 JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 7:30 pm
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4
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6
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 6 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
7
CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 7 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
8
CLOSED FULL MOON
CLOSED FULL MOON @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 8 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
9
Wendy P. (3) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Wendy P. (3) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 3 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Brookeville Maryland Details: We are coming to Colorado for the first time for a wedding and would love to visit your Observatory. Date Requested: Thursday, April 9th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: Continue reading →
10
Ashlynn H. (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Ashlynn H. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: New Braunfels, Texas Details: Date Requested: Friday, April 10th, 9:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/11/2020
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14
CLOSED For Corona Virus
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 14 – Jun 30 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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18
Atlas Obscura (14) 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Atlas Obscura (14) 7:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm
Adults: 14 Children: 0 Where are you from: Denver Details: phone reservation 3 dates Date Requested: Saturday, 2/15, 3/21, 4/18, 7:00 pm Date Reservation made: 10/26 Atlas Obscura (14) 7:00 pm
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21
CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm 7:30 pm
JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm
Adults: 18 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Annunciation Heights / Estes Park Date Requested: Thursday, April 23rd, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/2/2020 JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm
24
Kristi B. (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Kristi B. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Broomfield, CO Details: 15th Anniversary Date Requested: Friday, April 24, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 2/28/2020
25
Lauren D. (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Lauren D. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Fort Collins Date Requested: Saturday, April 25th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/4/2020
26
YMCA (12) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
YMCA (12) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 12 Children: 0 Where are you from?: YMCA of The Rockies Details: We are a gap program out of the Y, we visited last October and had a wonderful time! Date Requested: Sunday, April 26, 8:00 pm Date Reservation Continue reading →
27
Samantha B. (9) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Samantha B. (9) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 4 Children: 5 Where are you from?: Denver, CO Details: We want to visit the Observatory as part of our senior class trip. Date Requested: Monday, April 27th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/4/2020
28
CLOSED
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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30
JPII Outdoor Lab (14) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
JPII Outdoor Lab (14) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 18 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Annunciation Heights / Estes Park Date Requested: Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/2/2020 JPII Outdoor Lab (14) 8:00 pm
Rachel S. (2) 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Rachel S. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Hutto, Texas Details: Date Requested: Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/2/2020

 


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

19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat
All-day
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 19 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 20 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 21 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 21 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 22 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 22 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 23 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 24 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
CLOSED For Corona Virus @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 25 all-day
CLOSED to Public Stargazing
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7:30 pm JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm
Adults: 18 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Annunciation Heights / Estes Park Date Requested: Thursday, April 23rd, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/2/2020 JPII Outdoor Lab (18) 8:00 pm
8:00 pm Kristi B. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Kristi B. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Broomfield, CO Details: 15th Anniversary Date Requested: Friday, April 24, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 2/28/2020
8:00 pm Lauren D. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Lauren D. (2) 8:00 pm @ Private Viewing EPMO
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Adults: 2 Children: 0 Where are you from?: Fort Collins Date Requested: Saturday, April 25th, 8:00 pm Date Reservation made: 3/4/2020