Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night

Gunnison Valley Observatory is open for public viewing every Friday and Saturday evening from the second weekend in June through the second weekend in September.  The facility gates open at sunset.  Evenings consist of a brief astronomy-related program and multiple telescope viewing opportunities.  Admission is by donation and reservations are not required.  The Observatory is also available for a fee by reservation for private viewing parties.  The Observatory is located south of Gunnison at 2804 County Rd 38 across from the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.  From Gunnison, travel west on Highway 50, turn left before crossing the Gunnison River onto County Road 38, continue around the airport runway then head south about a mile.  The Observatory will be on your left inside the dirt berm.  For more information on programs and visiting the Observatory go to www.gunnisonvalleyobservatory.com or call (970) 642-1111.

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is open for the season

It’s the last weekend for public viewing at the Observatory! Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Friday, September 8th:  The smallest objects in our solar system can have the biggest impact on the Earth and other planets.  Join Ranger Mary this Friday at the Observatory to discover how what asteroids, meteors and comets are, how they have shaped the Earth and Moon through history, and how today they put on dazzling astronomical light shows.

Saturday, September 9th:  We have discovered over 3,500 planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy and we’ve only recently begun looking for them!  It now seems possible that most stars have planets around them.  Join amateur astronomer Rob Brown on Saturday to discover how we find exoplanets and to learn about amazing planets we have already discovered.

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