Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open to the public

There’s a planet with over 150 moons and one of those moons has hydrocarbon lakes! It’s the Planet Saturn. Join Park Service Interpretative Ranger Ali this Friday evening, August 1st, at the Gunnison Valley Observatory and learn about the gas giant, ringed, 6th planet in our Solar System.

Did you know our Moon isn’t really round? On Saturday night, August 2nd, visitors at the Gunnison Observatory will learn about our closest neighbor – The Moon. Join local astronomer Mike Brooks for this fascinating lunar lecture.

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 8pm). 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