Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open to the public

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open this Friday and Saturday nights for public night sky viewing.

Rounding out the Gunnison Valley Observatory’s 2016 public viewing season; on Friday, September 9th, Rob Brown will share some fascinating information about “Telescopes: Hubble vs James Webb”. NASA’s Hubble Telescope has been the workhorse of orbiting telescopes since its launch in 1990. But there’s a newcomer on the horizon. The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for launch in October, 2018. What will this next generation of telescope find?

If you watch the Big Bang Theory on television, you have heard of the unstable Higgs Boson particle. But what is it? On Saturday, September 10th, WSCU’s Physicist Dr. John Mason will enlighten visitors at the GVO on “Cosmology and Higgs Boson”.

The Observatory is a publically-owned community facility, operated by all volunteer staff and board of directors. 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.

The Observatory is located on the east or left side at 2804 County Road 38 across from Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.  The Observatory itself is tucked in behind a light darkening earthen berm and can’t be readily seen from the County Road.  There is a sign and dirt parking lot on the left at the entrance.  The facility opens at sunset, approximately 8:00 PM in June and July and 7:30 PM in August and September.  A brief educational astronomy program is followed by viewing of the amazing night sky through a variety of large and small telescopes.  Admission is by donation and reservations aren’t required.

Gunnison Valley Observatory offers many exciting ways to support its mission and goals.  You can attend the summer Friday and Saturday public program series and telescope viewings, volunteer, book a private showing or become a financial sponsor.  For more information about the observatory, please browse through the website.  Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night.

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Observatory Building