Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is closed for the winter season

Following a successful, albeit often-times cloudy and rainy season, the Gunnison Valley Observatory is now closed for public viewing until late Spring, 2014.  We hosted 1,300 visitors from the Gunnison Valley, around Colorado and the nation.  We also welcomed visitors from several foreign countries.  Visitors not only enjoyed looking at distant objects in the night sky but enjoyed a variety of educational astronomy lectures on everything from the Science of Science Fiction to learning what the ancient peoples knew about the dark night sky.  The Observatory hosted over eighty 4th graders from the Gunnison Community School and also students from Lake City.  A boisterous evening of learning was held with the Gunnison Cub Scouts and the belt-loop earning event will sure to become an annual program.  The Observatory telescopes will spend the winter in hibernation while the GVO Board of Directors plan the 2014 season.  Be watching for information about the educational research programs to be conducted in the Dr. Ted Violett Memorial Observatory, located adjacent to the main facility. 

Even in winter remember… 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