Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open to the public

Are you “Curious about Curiosity: the Mars Science Laboratory Rover”? Join Park Service Interpretative Ranger Ali Barnes this Friday evening, July 25th, and learn about the incredible science laboratory roaming over the surface of our neighbor, the red planet Mars. What is its mission? What is it finding? Has it found a Martian? Come out to the Observatory and find out!

On Saturday night, July 26th, visitors are in for a special treat. Special Guest Speaker Bryan Cashion of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society will highlight “24 Years of Hubble Images: Science and Beauty”. Learn about the fascinating images captured by the orbiting space telescope as it looks back in time and space.

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