Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open to the public

Curious about Curiosity? The Mars Science Rover that is! This science lab on wheels has been roving, sampling, testing, documenting and drilling on our neighbor planet Mars – the Red Planet since 2012. Was there or is there life on Mars? Join Park Service Interpretative Ranger Ali this Friday evening, August 22nd, and learn more about Curiosity.

On Saturday, August 23rd join WSCU student and GVO Astronomy volunteer Torrie and learn about the Constellations: How Creativity Defined the Cosmos”. Find out about zodiacs and why their aren’t to be believed! It’s an intriguing map of sky!

Each Friday and Saturday evening, following the astronomy talks, view the Gunnison night sky through the variety of available telescopes, including the 30” dome-housed telescope. The Observatory, located at 2804 CR 38 (Gold Basin Road across from the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area) opens at sunset (about 8 PM). No reservations are required and entry is by suggested donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Carpe Noctem- Seize the Night!

Gunnison Valley Observatory offers access to professional quality star gazing and knowledge of astronomy. Our 30-inch reflector telescope maximizes our thin and unpolluted Rocky Mountain atmosphere to bring distant astronomical vistas to the eyes of residents and visitors of the Gunnison Valley.

Gunnison Valley Observatory offers many exciting ways to support its mission and goals.  You can attend the summer Friday and Saturday lecture series and telescope viewings, volunteer, book a private showing or become a financial sponsor.  For more information about the observatory, please browse through the various sections at the left.

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Observatory Building